Family of man killed by Des Moines police officer files wrongful death lawsuit

The family of a 28-year-old Des Moines, Iowa resident, who was unarmed when he was shot to death by a member of the Des Moines Police Department, has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against the city on Wednesday, November 4 at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

According to a report from The Des Moines Register, the family is claiming that the policewoman accused of unlawfully causing the young man’s death deprived the deceased of his constitutional rights when she fired a weapon on him through the window of her government-issued police squad car on June 9, 2015.

The Des Moines police chief concluded that the police officer in question, who is a seven-year veteran of the department, was merely performing her duties as a law enforcement agent. A grand jury did not indict the policewoman in August 2015.

The attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., are prepared to represent victims of injustice or families who have lost a loved one after preventable accidents. Call our offices at (515) 225-2600 to learn more.


Training bicyclist killed in McMillan car collision

A bicyclist who was training for her first Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) died when she was hit by a car while riding her bicycle, the Des Moines Register reported on July 16.

The victim, a 52-year-old Marshfield resident, had been riding her bicycle on June 13 just before 6 p.m. on a paved County Road T in the town of McMillan when she was fatally struck by a car, a post at the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page showed. Both she and the vehicle were traveling the same direction when the crash occurred, and the bicycle accident remains under investigation by local authorities.

The RAGBRAI charter services director for the Quad Cities Bicycle Club said the bicyclist had informed him that “RAGBRAI was going to be the highlight of her summer.” The director also offered the organization’s “deepest sympathies to [the victim’s] family during this tragic loss.”


Elderly couple killed in Cresco crash

A couple who resided in Decorah, Iowa were killed in a two-vehicular accident a few miles east of Cresco on the morning of June 6, The Des Moines Register reported.

The car collision occurred at the intersection of Iowa Highway 9 and Highway 139. According to an Iowa State Patrol report, a vehicle struck the passenger side of the elderly couple’s car – both man and woman were over 80-years-old.

The couple was making their way west through the intersection at Highway 9 when the other vehicle, driven by a 75-year-old resident of Ridgeway, clipped their car as it headed south on Highway 139. The intersection involved stop signs. Reports did not indicate whether either of the vehicles failed to stop and yield to the other.

The elderly couple was brought to Cresco Hospital where they succumbed to their mortal injuries. The other driver was taken to the same hospital, although his condition was not made clear in reports.


Six vehicles involved in fatal Cerro Gordo accident

A six-vehicle accident that occurred at around 11:30 a.m. on February 25 resulted in the death of one North Iowa woman, KIMT reported.

Recent updates to the story included a complicated police deduction of the spiraling events. The vehicles involved were traveling eastbound near mile marker 193. Police were merging traffic to the left lanes due to a previous accident. The blue semi-truck followed a vehicle in merging, but the truck driver was unable to slow at the same rate and hit the car in front of him. After a series of smaller collisions, a second semi-truck, the red Kenworth, hit the fatal victim‘s car twice.

According to preliminary investigations, the vehicles that were involved in the crash were identified as a Dodge Grand Caravan, a blue Peterbilt semi pulling a tanker, a red Kenworth semi, a Chrysler Town & Country, a Nissan Altima, and a Chevrolet pickup.

Police authorities are continuing to investigate this tragic accident.


Two-vehicle accident in Indianola kills one

A two-vehicle accident in Indianola, Iowa on December 15 caused the death of one individual and injuries of two others, The Des Moines Register reported.

According to statements by Captain Brian Sher of the Indianola Police Department the next day, the collision of two cars on Highway 55 on the north side of Indianola resulted in the death of 33-year-old Des Moines resident Jimmy Johnson. The accident occurred around 7 p.m.

Johnson was traveling in a car heading south along the highway as a passenger. The driver was 24-years-old.

The accident was caused by another vehicle that hit their car from the rear side, operated by a 54-year-old person, whose name and place of origin police authorities have yet to reveal to the public.

Both drivers were injured in the incident.

The attorneys with the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., wish for the quick recovery of those injured and extend their deepest sympathies to the friends and family grieving from this great loss.


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