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Arrest made in 2018 hit-and-run death of Fayette County teenager

Arrest made in 2018 hit-and-run death of Fayette County teenager

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WEST UNION — The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on Friday night announced an arrest in a hit-and-run death two years ago.

Kelli Jo Michael, 26, of Des Moines, was charged Friday with homicide by vehicle-reckless driving, a Class C felony, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, a Class D felony, according to Sheriff Marty Fisher.

Charges stem from an accident June 28, 2018, involving Kaiden Estling, 14, of Maynard, who was driving a moped along Iowa Highway 150 southbound when he was struck by a vehicle about 2 1/2 miles south of Fayette.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene. Estling was pronounced dead at the scene after multiple lifesaving attempts.

Michael is being held in the Fayette County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Des Moines Police Department.

Cedar Valley Crimestoppers had a $6,500 reward in the case.

Nancy Newhoff


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