Snowplow accident victim awarded $435,000

The Iowa State Appeal Board decided on October 6 to award payment of $435,000 to Larry Van Westen, a man who was hit by a state snowplow in a February 2012 vehicular accident near Sioux Rapids, the Globe Gazette reported.

The accident transpired when a state Department of Transportation snowplow committed driver error. Eastbound, the snow plow pulled in front of Van Westen’s van, which was heading south on U.S. Route 71. The Clay County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation on the incident and the driver from the DoT was charged with failure to yield upon entering the highway.

The three-member panel, which consisted of State Auditor Mary Mosiman, Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald, and state Department of Management director David Roederer, also awarded $10,000 to Van Westen’s wife.

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