Man accused of killing another in drunken driving accident

Tennessee native Daulton Holly died in a vehicular accident and his body was found just after 2 a.m. on Aug. 23, 2015, along Raccoon River Drive in West Des Moines, Iowa. Van Meter resident Ronald Paul Hauser was sentenced to 10 days of imprisonment and two years of probation in connection with this incident, after reaching a plea agreement on two misdemeanor charges—operating while impaired and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in serious injury—on Friday, December 9 at the Dallas County Courthouse.

According to the criminal complaint, Hauser had been drinking at a bar in Van Meter the night that Holly died when he decided to drive to the Beach Girls, a strip club along the Raccoon River. Hauser crashed into Holly before arriving at the strip club.

Scott Michels, Hauser’s legal counsel, said there are some mitigating factors that may cast doubt as to Hauser’s guilt, noting, “We know the injuries that he had, we know that Mr. Hauser ran the body over. But as a defense attorney, I think I would have had plenty of arguments to make that could have raised reasonable doubt.”

However, Jennifer Morris, the mother of the victim, is sure of Hauser’s guilt, saying, “If he didn’t know that he hit something, that shows me that man was beyond drunk.”


Ames Man Seriously Injured in Hit and Run Accident

A hit and run incident, which occurred shortly before 2am Friday along Welch Avenue in Campustown, Iowa, is now being investigated by Ames police.

According to an Ames officer in Campustown, Shawn Molitor, 22, was crossing Welch Avenue when he was struck hard by a black pickup driven by Jimmy Hatley. After the accident, Hatley was seen quickly fleeing the scene. However, ISU officers were able to catch up and arrest the suspect. He is now being held at the Story County Jail for charges of reckless driving, serious injury by vehicle, OWI 1st, and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident.

Molitor is now in critical condition at the Mercy Medical Center.

Suffering through a pedestrian accident can be extremely difficult for both the victim and their loved ones, especially when it is caused by a negligent driver. If this has happened to you, call a Des Moines pedestrian accident lawyer of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600 to find out what compensation you may be owed.


Infant seriously injured in car accident

A two month-old infant was seriously injured Wednesday morning in Marshalltown after the 25 year-old driver accidentally mistook the gas pedal for the brake pedal and drove into basement apartment.

The child was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines with serious injuries. There were five people inside of the apartment at the time of crash and they all sustained various injuries. They were transported by ambulance to Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center.

According to the Marshalltown Police Department, the driver will not likely face criminal charges since the accident occurred on private property.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident, contact the auto accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at (515) 225-2600.


Ban on cellphone use proposed by NTSB

A total ban on all cell phone and other portable electronic use while driving was proposed early last week by the National Transportation Safety Board. The proposed restriction comes amid rising numbers of deadly car accidents caused by drivers distracted by their phones.

The NTSB in the past proposed a ban on cell phones for commercial truck and bus drivers, but this law would restrict the use to all drivers and include talking, texting, and emailing.

A fatal accident that occurred last year in Missouri was a major point in pushing the board to suggest the nationwide ban. A teenager sent 11 text messages in the final 11 minutes leading up to the multi-car pileup that killed him and another teen.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a reckless driver, contact the Des Moines auto accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600.


Hit-and-run driver found

A 28 year-old woman who crashed into a Miami Beach bus stop and then drove away has been found and charged with four counts of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in bodily injury. She was stopped by police at a gas station and was later arrested.

Four people waiting for the bus were injured in the accident. Three victims were in serious condition after the crash and the other was taken to the trauma center. Two have now been released and the others are currently in stable condition.

The woman was released after posting bail and will stand trial next month.

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


Iowa teen causes deadly car crash

A 16 year-old boy is dead and two others injured after an Iowa teen struck a vehicle while attempting to run from police. The 18 year-old driver plead guilty this week to one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of serious injury by vehicle. Vehicular homicide could put him in jail for ten years and an additional ten for both serious injury charge.

The teen was running from police who believed he stole more than $50 of gas from a local convenient store. As he crossed the intersection of Lincoln Way and Duff Avenue, he struck an SUV and injured the 38 year-old driver. The 16 year-old boy in the teen’s car died at the scene and another passenger, a 14 year-old girl, was sent to a Des Moines hospital.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident, contact the Des Moines auto accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600.


Deadly car crash blamed on texting

Two young girls, 18 and 19 years-old, died at the scene of a deadly car crash late last month. Police investigators now say that they believe the 19 year-old driver was texting at the time.

The girl’s car began to drift to the right on Old Lincoln Highway when she over-corrected and drove into the next lane. She collided head-on with an airport shuttle van.

Investigators say the driver made a phone call at 11:10pm and sent a text message at 11:11pm. The crash took place just before 11:15 that night. They found alcohol in the vehicle, but police say that toxicology reports found no traces in their systems.


Iowa woman pleads guilty to hit-and-run

A 22 year-old Waterloo woman has pleaded guilty after she purposefully drove her car over a curb and towards a group of people. One of the people had a stroller with a baby inside. The woman hit the stroller and the child was taken to a hospital but does not have life-threatening injuries.

Waterloo police said the woman had been in a physical argument with several people before she got behind the wheel and attempted to run them over. According to reports, she jumped the curb several times before she hit the stroller. She fled the scene but eventually turned herself in.

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


Man dies in Newton car accident

A 65-year-old man from Newton, Iowa died over the weekend in a two-vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 14.

According to reports by the Iowa State Patrol, a 64-year-old woman was driving a vehicle with the man in the passenger’s seat. She was traveling westbound when she ran a stop sign, causing a vehicle driven by a 36-year-old woman to hit the passenger’s side of the car.

The 65-year-old man died at the scene of the accident. The two women involved in the car accident were not injured.

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


Two cousins killed in single-vehicle crash

According to Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department deputies, two cousins from western Iowa died Saturday as the result of a single-vehicle crash in Pottawattmie County.

The 25-year-old and 26-year-old cousins were both riding in the same vehicle just north of Council Bluffs when the car left the road and entered a ditch on the west side of the road. It then rolled over.

According to friends, the cousins were heading home from a nephew’s flag football game at the time.




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