Guilty plea for fatal motorcycle accident

A 23 year-old Shell Rock man has plead guilty to causing a fatal motorcycle accident this summer.

The man admitted that he was driving recklessly, going about 70 mph in a 35 mph zone, on a foggy night. He attempted to pass other drivers on an S curve when he struck a 19 year-old Waverly woman. She was pronounced dead at Allen Hospital. The man was also injured.

He faces up to five years in jail on charges of involuntary manslaughter. His sentencing trial will be announced at a later date.

Reports say he was very remorseful and privately apologized to the young woman’s mother before the man entered his guilty plea.


Professional stunt rider killed in crash

Jim “The Real Deal” McNeil, 32, was pronounced dead on Sunday after he missed his landing during a practice jump at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

McNeil was a professional motorcycle stunt rider. Witnesses say his motorcycle was sputtering and experts have determined a mechanical failure caused the fatal accident. McNeil was flown to a nearby hospital where he later died of severe blunt force trauma to his chest and neck. He was wearing all of his protective gear when the crash occurred.

The stunt rider competed in five X Games and was sponsored by the Boost Mobile FMX team for seven years.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim.


Two motorcycles collide on highway

One man is in the hospital suffering from head injuries after him and another man collided on their motorcycles. Both men were riding with the San Marin Vintage Motorcycle Club at the time of the accident.

The crash occurred when members of the club decided to go around a truck towing a horse trailer. The men had to cross into the lanes going in the opposite direction to do so. While some riders made it over safely, a 45 and 57 year-old man did not.

A pickup truck began approaching them head-on. The men swerved to avoid the truck and ended up hitting each other. Both were thrown from their bikes. The 45 year-old was hit by the pickup and taken to the hospital; the 57 year-old man was treated at the scene.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Des Moines motorcycle accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling (515) 225-2600 today.


Motorcyclist dies after being struck by car

A motorcyclist died last Friday when a vehicle struck the motorcycle on which he was riding. The motorcycle accident occurred Friday morning in Portsmouth, Virginia.

According to reports, the motorcyclist was traveling eastbound when a 1997 Plymouth drove through an intersection and struck him. The motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle and suffered serious injuries. He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he died.

The driver of the Plymouth was not injured, and police investigations into the accident are still underway.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with the friends and family of the victim who died in this accident.


Police Identify Man Injured in Motorcycle Crash

Police have identified a man injured in a Des Moines motorcycle accident Thursday.

According to officials with the Des Moines Police Department, a 54 year-old man was found by a passerby shortly after 6:00 a.m. Thursday near the 1100 block of Southeast McKinley Avenue. Police Sergeant Chris Scott said the exact time of the motorcycle crash is still unknown, as is the cause of the accident. Investigators say the man may have swerved to avoid another vehicle, or possibly a deer. “There is a wooded area there,” Scott said.

The man was transported by ambulance to Iowa Methodist Medical Center for treatment following the crash. He is listed in serious condition.

Southeast McKinley was closed near the accident scene while investigators worked to recreate the crash.


Des Moines man killed in motorcycle accident

The death of a west Des Moines man has been ruled an accident by authorities.  54-year-old Joel Hess was thrown from his motorcycle Sunday and hit by a semi truck trailer at approximately 2 p.m.  Police say that they do not plan to charge anyone with any crime in this tragic  motorcycle accident.  The collision occurred on southbound Interstate Highway 35 and left the busy street closed for three hours.

The accident happened when Hess was riding behind a fellow motorcyclist when his friend’s motorcycle hit a vehicle.  Hess tried to avoid the collision by laying his motorcycle down on its side.  None of the motorcyclists involved in the crash were wearing helmets.

Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of all those involved in this tragic accident.


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