Mother and father killed in car accident

A Wellman couple died last week in a car accident near Tiffin.

According to Iowa State Patrol, the husband, 47, and his wife, 46, were traveling to their son’s wrestling match when the man lost control on the ice, drove into a ditch, and rolled the car. Their 18 year-old daughter was also in the car, but sustained only minor injuries.

The father died at the scene, and the mother died later at the hospital. The couple is survived by their four children, ranging in age from 14 to 20 years-old. The mother’s sister and brother-in-law will take in the children.

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


Record number of traffic fatalities in 2010

In West Des Moines, there were twice as many traffic fatalities in 2010 than there were in 2008 and 2009 combined. Over the past year, a total of eight people were killed in car accidents, as compared to two people in 2009 and one person in 2008. Six out of the eight fatal crashes occurs on one of the large highways or interstates in the city limits.

The West Des Moines police lieutinent says that it makes sense there are a higher number of serious accidents out on larger roads, since a higher number of cars at faster speeds can cause more damaging accidents.

The Des Moines personal injury attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. hope that everyone out on the road makes a personal effort to drive with added caution in 2011 to reduce the risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities.


Drunk driver facing charges over 4 fatality crash

The Nebraska man arrested in connection with the August 9th drunk driving crash that killed four motorcyclists in Western Iowa last month is now facing charges in court.

According to the Iowa State Patrol’s final accident report, the 21-year-old driver had a blood alcohol level over four times the legal limit at the time of the accident. He had a BAC of 0.373, while the legal limit is 0.08.

The fatal accident happened in a construction zone on Interstate 29 near the Little Sioux exit. Four motorcyclists, who were heading home from a motorcycling convention, were struck by the drunk driver when he crossed the center line while headed in the opposite direction in his pickup truck.

Criminal charges against the drunk driver are pending an official report from the state crime lab’s toxicology unit, but will definitely be filed. In the meantime, he remains incaracerated. The widow of one of the motorcyclists has already filed a civil suit against the drunk driver, alleging that his negligence was the primary cause of the collision.


Three dead in multiple car accident

Three drivers are dead in a three-vehicle accident involving two trucks and a van, according to Iowa State Patrol deputies.

The crash happened on Iowa Highway 2 around 8 AM Tuesday, around four miles east of Cordyon.

A 56-year-old woman, a 59-year-old man, and a 24-year-old man were killed in the crash.

Police believe that the 59-year-old man was headed eastbound on Highway 2 at the same time that the 56-year-old woman was westbound, with the 24-year-old behind her. The 59-year-old’s truck then jumped the center line and struck both of the other vehicles. Two of the three vehicles burst into flames.

Medical personnel pronounced all three drivers dead at the scene.


Des Moines residents divided over decision to add traffic cameras

On July 12th, the Des Moines City Council hired a Massachusetts-based company to install a number of traffic cameras at various intersections yet to be determined.  Police estimate each camera could cost the city around $100,000 a year.

Capt. Doug Harvey argues, “It’s a very good tool.  It lowers crashes at intersections”.  However, former Police Chief Bill McCarthy disagrees.  McCarthy has continuously argued that the cost is not worth the small increase in traffic safety.  He said, “The truth is that it is about money, money money… I believe it’s a poor way to treat your citizenry”.

Others are arguing the money spent on cameras could be spent on more officers to protect roadways all over, not just at intersections.

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 to learn more about your rights.


Driver Not at Fault In Car vs. Bicycle Accident

The driver of a car that hit a bicyclist on Sunday is not at fault, police said. They did have to issue him a ticket for not having his proof of insurance. According to witnesses 47-year-old Dan Bell had no way to avoid the accident.

A friend told police that her warned Michael Olson, the injured bicyclist, that a car was coming and not to ride into the street. He said Olson proceeded to ride in a circle and then cross the street in front of the car, in an attempt to beat the vehicle.

The driver, Bell, heard the bicyclists but could not stop his car in time. 39-year-old Michael Olson had suffered severe ankle injuries and road rash. Olson says that he cannot remember what happened.

Accidents on the road can be extremely dangerous. If you or someone you know has been in a bicycle accident, contact your Des Moines Bicycle Accident Attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by dialing (515) 225-2600 today.


Memorial Day activities result in four Iowa deaths

At least four people died in Iowa last weekend while celebrating Memorial Day activities. A 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were among those killed. A spokesman for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said that they have been so busy responding to calls that there hasn’t been any time to count the tragedies.

Sunny skies with temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s attracted more boaters than usual this Memorial Day weekend. Officials also suspect that Iowans experiencing a cash-crunch in the dwindling economy opted to entertain themselves on the lake instead of taking a more expensive long weekend out of state. The number of boat crashes was higher than normal this year and was the cause of death for two of the four victims. Although there were more boat crash and swimming fatalities this Memorial Day than in previous years, there were fewer motor vehicle collisions. At least 11 people died in vehicle collisions last year, the deadliest Memorial Day weekend in two decades. As of Monday evening, only one of the Memorial Day deaths was attributed to a land vehicle collision.


Joice man injured in single-vehicle accident Sunday

A Joice man was injured in a one-car accident Sunday. According to police reports, the accident occurred on U.S. Highway 18 in Cerro Gordo County.

The accident occurred when a minivan drove into a ditch and rolled over, as the driver apparently fell asleep behind the wheel. When medical officials, arrived, one of the passengers was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The driver and other passenger were not injured in the accident.

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


Two children die in Iowa car accident

Two children died in a car accident Sunday. According to police reports, the accident occurred near Des Moines.

The car carrying the two children apparently was hit by a truck that ran through a stop sign. When medical officials arrived, the two children and their mother were taken to a nearby hospital.

If you have lost a child in a car accident, contact the Des Moines wrongful death attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600.


Woman killed, man injured in Hull car accident

A woman was killed, and a man was injured in a car accident last week. According to police reports, the accident occurred on Highway 75 in Hull.

The accident happened when a car driven by one man crossed the median and hit a car driven by a woman. When medical officials arrived to the scene, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene while the man was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital.


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