DES MOINES, Wash. - Two 14-year-olds and a 25-year-old woman suffered serious injuries in a high-speed crash in Des Moines on Saturday.
At about 3 p.m., Des Moines police responded to a two-vehicle collision in the intersection of South 240th Street and 20th Avenue South.
When officers arrived, they discovered both of the vehicles in the crash had five occupants, police said.
Investigators said the vehicle that caused the crash was travelling southbound at a high rate of speed on 20th Avenue South, ran a stop sign and struck the other vehicle, which was traveling eastbound on South 240th Street.
A 25-year-old woman who was driving the vehicle that was hit was transported to Harborview Medical Center with critical injuries. Two other occupants of the victim’s vehicle, a 14-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl, were also transported to Harborview with serious injuries.
The remaining two occupants of the victim’s vehicle were transported to St. Francis Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The group was headed to a party for one of the passenger's known as a Quinceañera. A Quinceañera is the celebration of a girl's fifthteenth birthday that is celebrated in parts of Latin America and in communities of people from Latin America.
The 19-year-old man who was driving the speeding vehicle was transported to Highline Medical Center where he was treated and released into police custody.
The 19-year-driver was booked into SCORE Jail on charges of four counts of vehicular assault pending further investigation.
The four other occupants in the speeding vehicle were not injured and are cooperating with the investigators.