Woman hit, killed in car accident

A older woman was driving in central Iowa Saturday when her car was hit and she was killed in the accident. Barbara Purtilo of Newton reportedly died at the scene  of the crash.

Police officials said Purtilo’s car was struck by another car that allegdly crossed into the wrong lane. The other car hit the side of Purtilo’s minivan and forced it into incoming traffic, where Purtilo’s van was hit.

Although the driver fled the scene, police officials said they arrested Roger Hofer of Cambridge as a suspect.

If you or anyone you know has been injured  in an auto accident, contact the Iowa automobile accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600.


Two thrown from vehicle, one killed

A 28-year-old man was killed in a traffic accident in Guthrie County Sunday morning. Adam Anderson was driving his 2003 Ford Mustang southbound on Wink Avenue when he lost control of the car and was thrown from the vehicle.

The passenger of the vehicle, Thomas Dugan, was also thrown from the car but was not killed. He suffered serious injuries and was taken to Mercy Medical Center, according to police reports. Police officials said they found the car flipped over and resting in a soybean field.

If you have lost a loved one in a traffic accident, contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600.


Man riding bicycle hit, killed

A man riding his bicycle was hit by a 2003 Ford van Tuesday morning. Mark Anderson was riding north on Highway 71 when the van, driven by Cameron Koopman of Brewster, Minn., hit Anderson from behind.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Anderson lying in a ditch and declared him dead at the scene. Police officials said they were unsure whether they would file charges and would not decide until after the investigation is complete.

If you or anyone you know has been injured while riding a bicycle, contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at(515) 225-2600.


Two die in separate motorcylce, car accidents

Two people died in separate traffic accidents in Jo Daviess County Saturday afternoon.

The first occurred about 2 p.m. on U.S. 20 where a motorcyle swerved off the road and hit a tree, killing Alfred Allen Lukavsky of Columbus Junction. Police reports indicate that Lukavsky was taken to a local  hopsital and died there.

Later in the afternoon, a sports utility vehicle veered off the road near Apple Canyon Lake, struck a guard rail and flipped over. The driver of the vehicle, David S. O’Brien of Glen Ellyn, Ill., died at the site of the accident.

If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle or car accident, contact the Iowa motor vehicle accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600.


Man stabbed in Des Moines

A 42-year-old man was stabbed at a QuickTrip Store in Des Moines Monday afternoon. According to police reports, Mike Thomas was in stable condition at Mercy Medical Center. As of now, no arrests have been reported.

Thomas said he walked across the street at Sixth and University avenues around 1:30 p.m. when he was approached by a man. The robber asked Thomas for money, and when Thomas said he didn't have any, the robber stabbed the left side of Thomas' chest. 

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of a stabbing, contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877=327-2600.

 


Man politely robs Big Lots

A man allegedly robbed a Big Lots in Des Moines Thursday night. A Big Lots clerk said the man showed her a rock in his right hand and told her to open the cash register and give him the money. 

Although the man threatened the female clerk, she said the robber was polite, saying please and thank you while calling her "sweetie" and "honey." 

Police said they looked at surveillance tapes and the store's owner claimed that the robber was a regular customer. The police described the man as black, over 6 feet tall, and weighing around 240 pounds. 

If you have been robbed, please contact the Iowa personal injury lawers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., P.C at (515) 225-2600. 


Thorny legal issues surround “rollover” deaths in car accidents

When a fatigued driver hits another car and the accident results in the death of a passenger in the other car, prosecutors are divided on how to treat these deaths. In some cases, plaintiffs choose to file negligence charges and sue for compensatory damages. In others, plaintiffs do not file charges, believing the pain from the tragedy is enough to punish the careless driver.

These cases, and other auto accident deaths that result from negligent drivers, are commonly called “rollover” accidents. These accidents are often tricky to prosecute because of the difficulty of gathering evidence. Investigators are usually unable to gather evidence proving that the driver was fatigued or driving in a similar careless way.

If you or anyone you know has lost a loved one in an auto accident, contact the Des Moines auto collision attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., PC at (515) 225-2600.


Professor dies in bicycle accident

A Missouri professor died from injuries suffered in a bicycle accident Monday night. An avid cyclist, Donald Myers was a professor of engineering management at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Participating in an annual bike race, the professor crashed the bike and sustained a head injury after he lost control of the bike coming down a hill. He was rushed to University Hospital in Iowa City, but emergency medical officials said he never regained consciousness.

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

 


7th Bus Pedestrian Crash in 2 Years Injures Woman

On Monday, another bus crash occurred at 9th St and High St. This is the second bus pedestrian crash in 19 days and the seventh in the last two years. This crash comes on the heels of DART considering new safety regulations.

After the crash, the woman who was hit was taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center for treatment. She was not seriously injured. DART has since banned left hand turns in the downtown area.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a bus crash, contact the Des Moines pedestrian crash attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., PC at (515) 225-2600.


Traffic Cameras for Busy Intersections?

City officials are considering the installation of traffic cameras at accident prone intersections and along Highway 235. The cameras would serve to increase ticketing for red light violations and speeding, cutting down on accidents.

While the cameras might work to decrease collisions, they have some residents worried about privacy. These types of cameras have gone up in other cities to great controversy. However, officials will likely not install the cameras in Des Moines for some time.

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


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