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Pedestrian Emmalee Jacobs, 18, killed by alleged hit-and-run CyRide bus driver Benjamin Clague, 23, near ISU campus in Ames, Iowa

Modified Date: 
Sat, 08/06/2016 - 11:36am
Accident Date: 
Monday, December 14, 2015

One Killed in Hit-and-Run Near Iowa State Campus

AMES, Iowa — A pedestrian was killed in an accident near Iowa State University’s campus Monday morning. The Ames Tribune reports the accident happened near the corner of Lincoln Way and Ash Avenue. Cmdr. Jason Tuttle with the Ames Police Department confirmed to the Tribune that the accident appears to be a hit-and-run because no vehicle was found in the area. We’ll update this story with more information as it becomes available.

Three Days Later, Investigators Still Have No Leads in ISU Student's Death

I’ve also seen a lot of students looking down at papers trying to get that last minute cramming in. And drivers try to beat the yellow light sometimes when they cross,” said student Collin Still. More signs and requests for witnesses to come forward have been placed nearby to raise awareness and help with the case. So we are trying to get the word out,” said Ames police commander Jason Tuttle. The city has confirmed discussions with the university about campus safety. “We get complaints frequently in that stretch of Lincoln [Way] of conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles or bicycles and vehicles,” Tuttle said.

Arrest Made in Iowa State Student's Hit-and-Run Death

AMES, Iowa — An arrest has been made in the hit-and-run death of an Iowa State University. The Ames police department say 23-year-old Benjamin Clague of Gilbert has been charged in the death of 18-year-old Emmalee Jacobs. Clague is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a death and failure to obey a traffic control device. Jacobs was found seriously injured on December 14th, 2015 in the road at Lincoln Way and Ash Avenue. She died from her injures at Mary Greeley Medical Center.

Ames bus driver charged in fatal hit-and-run

Des Moines television station KCCI ( ) reports Ames police have determined that 18-year-old Iowa State University student Emmalee Jacobs was struck by a CyRide bus Dec. 14 near the ISU campus. Police say investigators have identified 23-year-old Benjamin D. Clague as the driver. He was charged Wednesday with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a death, a class D felony, and failure to obey a traffic control device. Online court records didn't indicate whether a Clague has a lawyer who can comment on the charges. Police found Jacobs on a street bordering campus in early December and she later died at an Ames hospital.

CyRide Official Says Driver in Fatal Hit-and-Run Wasn't Inexperienced

Clague has been a CyRide bus driver since 2013. “Whenever there is an incident in Ames, our buses are all over town and with cameras on them. Kyras said they were blindsided Wednesday when investigators used that video to arrest the 23-year-old driver. “For CyRide, this is a very difficult day. The video shows Clague stop the bus and exit the vehicle. “At his very next stop, he got out of the bus and did a visual inspection of the bus. AMES, Iowa — Authorities in Ames spent over a month searching for the driver who fled the scene of a hit-and-run that killed 18-year-old Emmalee Jacobs on Dec. 14. CyRide officials claim it wasn’t Clague’s lack of experience that factored into the accident. “He drove several routes for us and that was one of them.

CyRide driver in fatal hit and run pleads not guilty

Benjamin D. Clague, 23, of Gilbert, is charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and failure to obey a traffic control device. He pleaded not guilty in documents filed in Story County District Court. Trial is scheduled for April 5. 

Trial set for bus driver in fatal Ames hit-and-run accident

An April trial has been scheduled for a former CyRide bus driver facing two charges after an Ames hit-and-run accident.

Many shocked by plea deal in ISU student's death

On Monday, he pleaded guilty to a charge of failure to report.

The plea deal means prosecutors will recommend he serve 30 days in jail and pay a $100 fine.

Family of student killed in hit-and-run criticize sentence

Prosecutors had said they couldn't prove Clague immediately knew he had hit 18-year-old Emmalee Jacobs in December.

Jacobs parents and siblings on Friday faulted Clague for not coming forward sooner once he realized he was involved.

People Involved: 
Emmalee Jacobs
Benjamin Clague
Ames, IA

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