May 25, 2024


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Two men charged with drag racing in fatal Des Moines motorcycle crash

Two Des Moines men have been charged with vehicular homicide because they were street racing with a man who was killed in an October motorcycle crash, according to the Des Moines Police Department. 

Michael David Crabb, 35, and Brady Joe Clausi, 23,  were charged Jan. 6 with vehicular homicide by drag racing and vehicular homicide by driving recklessly. At 9:35 p.m. Oct. 19 Kyle Eugene Robert Hogue, 37, of Des Moines, was traveling north on his motorcycle near the 6500 block of Iowa Highway 28. Hogue struck the center median and lost control of his motorcycle, according to a criminal complaint. 

He was taken to a hospital, where he died. The three men were drag racing, according to Des Moines Police spokesperson Sgt. Paul Parizek and criminal complaints. 

Kyle Eugene Robert Hogue, 37, of Des Moines.

Crabb told detectives he was driving his motorcycle 160 mph when Hogue crashed, according to a criminal complaint. 

“When asked why they were on Highway 28, he said ‘We go out there to go fast,'” a criminal complaint said. 

Clausi told a woman he was traveling 187 mph when the crash occurred, according to a criminal complaint. Clausi was arrested in December by the Des Moines Police Department on unrelated charges and is in custody at the Polk County Jail, according to booking records.