BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
DES MOINES – The Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office has released the name of a Wever man killed in a car crash on the city of Des Moines’ south side.
Zachary McBride, 23, of Wever, was identified as the fourth fatality as a result of the single-vehicle car accident that occurred about 2:25 a.m. Sunday, July 5th on George Flagg Parkway southwest of the Des Moines International Airport.
Preliminary examination of evidence at the scene indicates that the 2013 Volkswagen Golf was being driven westbound on George Flagg Parkway when it left the roadway to the north. The vehicle returned to the roadway, crossing the eastbound lanes and then leaving the roadway to the south. It stopped as it struck a tree. The vehicle then caught fire.
The identities of three of the other four crash victims were also released. They are 22-year-old Des Moines resident Ross Jacob Welsher (driver), 22-year-old Des Moines resident Jordan Van Gundy (passenger), and 24-year-old Des Moines resident Jacob Lee Van Gundy (passenger).
A fourth passenger rescued from the vehicle by a Des Moines Police Department patrol officer has been identified as 22-year-old West Des Moines resident Rheanne Elise Ames. She has been released from the hospital.
Excessive speed and failure to maintain control appear to be significant contributing factors to the crash.
The Des Moines Police Department Traffic Unit continues the technical investigation of the crash.