Rodriguez Verdict Announced
On May 6, 2016, a Polk County jury returned verdicts against defendant, Jonathan Leyva Rodriguez. The defendant was charged with six crimes for events occurring in August of 2015. Defendant struck and killed 41 year old Wade Franck and injured two other bike riders during the Urban Assault bicycling event. After striking the riders, defendant fled the scene. The jury convicted Rodriguez of Vehicular Homicide, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death, two counts of Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, Driving While Barred and Driving While Intoxicated. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Polk County Attorneys Mike Hunter and Olu Salami. The lead investigators were Des Moines Police Officers Dom Ouimet and Mike Dixson. Sentencing is set for June 17, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 209A of the Polk County Courthouse before the Honorable Paul Scott.
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