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Fatal motorcycle crash victim discovered by passerby

By Nixson Benítez, Des Moines Register,


The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that happened late Friday.

According to a news release, a passerby noticed a light in a ditch and when they looked closer, discovered an unresponsive male. Emergency services arrived to begin life-saving measures, but the victim died on the scene.

The motorcycle was found around 9 p.m. on Southeast 113th Street and Southeast 32nd Avenue in rural Polk County north of Runnells.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending family notification.

Nixson Benítez is a breaking news intern at the Des Moines Register. He can be reached at

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