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Authorities rule woman’s death was accidental

WEST POINT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have ruled the death of a woman who jumped out her boyfriend’s car in southeast Iowa was accidental.
The Des Moines Register reports that authorities don’t expect to file more charges against the man driving the car, 29-year-old Damian Hamann. He’s pleaded not guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
The body of 20-year-old Sadie Alvarado was found Aug. 5 in a ditch on a gravel road, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) southwest of West Point. Hamann told authorities that he and Alvarado were arguing when she leaped out. He drove home to Morning Sun but went back to look for her.
Lee County Attorney Ross Braden says an autopsy showed Alvarado’s injuries jibed with Hamann’s explanation. Braden also says it doesn’t appear that had Hamann gone back sooner or remained that he “likely would have been able to do anything to save her.”

Associated Press

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