- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has dismissed charges filed against a man accused in the crash deaths of two men in Des Moines.

Polk County court records say the judge ruled Monday that probable cause didn’t exist that Alejandro Contreras had committed the crimes of vehicular homicide. He’d already pleaded not guilty to the two counts.

Polk County Attorney John Sarcone told station KCCI that he expected the charges to be refiled by the end of the week. He said they were dropped because an officer did not yet turn in a report.

The crash occurred around 11:45 a.m. Feb. 20, when a southbound car and an eastbound car that had just entered a roadway collided, police said.

Two men in the eastbound car died after being rushed to a hospital, police said. They were identified as Mauricio Ruiz Quintana, 26, and Brayan Martinez Ruiz, 22. They lived in Windsor Heights.



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