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.


Cyclist Injured in Hit and Run

On Thursday evening, a cyclist was involved in a crash caused by a car. The cyclist was northbound on Southeast Sixth St around 7:30pm when a car brushed against him, knocking him over.

The cyclist dislocated his shoulder and took himself to Broadlawns Medical Center for treatment. Unfortunately, the car did not stop after causing the accident.

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


Hit and Run Kills 1, Injures 1

Early Saturday morning, a hit and run crash occurred at Capitol Ave and 22nd St. Around 1:30am, an SUV struck a car. The driver and a passenger in the SUV fled the scene on foot.

The driver and passenger in the car were taken to Mercy Medical Center where the passenger died. The driver was listed as being in fair condition on Tuesday. The driver of the SUV has since been arrested.

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


Bus Review after Multiple Accidents

Over the last two years, 6 pedestrians have been hit by public transit buses. The most recent of these occurred this week when a 54 year old woman was struck in a crosswalk.

All 6 of the accidents occurred while the buses were making left turns. Because of this, the Public Transit Authority has already cut down on the number of left turns buses make. Now driver safety measures are being reviewed in relation to the accidents.

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


Pedestrian Hit by Bus

Thursday morning, a bus and a pedestrian were involved in a collision in downtown Des Moines. The pedestrian was crossing Ninth St at Walnut St when the bus turned left and hit her.

According to witnesses, the woman was conscious after being hit. She was transported to Iowa Methodist Medical Center for treatment. Her condition was not reported.

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


1 Vehicle, Multiple Crashes

On Monday, a man ran a red light downtown and struck an elderly woman’s car around 10am at Ninth St and Center St. He then reversed into a utility pole and several parked cars.

The elderly woman in the first collision did not require hospitalization. However, a passenger in the pickup that caused the accidents was taken to Mercy Medical Center for treatment.

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


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