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Wrong-way driver in deadly crash identified

Posted at 4:53 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 18:25:59-04

Authorities have released the name of the other driver in a crash that killed two Des Moines police officers.

The Iowa State Patrol says 25-year-old Benjamin Beary, of Knoxville, was driving the Ford Taurus that collided head-on with an SUV occupied by Officers Carlos Puente-Morales and Susan Farrell, who were transporting a prisoner, Tosha Nicole Hyatt.

The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, near Waukee.

Investigators say Beary was driving the wrong direction in the eastbound lanes on Interstate 80.

No other new details were released in Monday’s update.