Pedestrian killed in Des Moines hit and run along Pacific Highway South

Early Monday morning near Kent Des Moines Road; police seek truck driver for vehicular homicide

A truck driver hit and killed a pedestrian early Monday morning, Jan. 3, near the intersection of Pacific Highway South and Kent Des Moines Road in Des Moines.

The driver fled the scene and is being sought for investigation of vehicular homicide, according to a Des Moines Police news release.

Officers were dispatched at about 7:28 a.m. to a vehicle vs. pedestrian incident. Officers found a man unconscious on the roadway of northbound Pacific Highway South. Life-saving efforts were attempted, but the man died at the scene.

Des Moines Police did not release an age for the man. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the man after its investigation.

Witnesses told officers that the pedestrian had been attempting to cross Pacific Highway South in a non-crosswalk area when a large semi or box truck made a right turn from Kent Des Moines Road onto Pacific Highway South striking the man. The vehicle failed to stop and continued northbound on Pacific Highway South.

Detectives from the Des Moines Police and Washington State Patrol (Kent Des Moines Road is state Highway 516) are investigating the incident.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect involved in this crash. If you have any information, you are asked to call the Des Moines Police Tip Line at 206-870-6871 or email