Iowa State University bus driver found guilty in student’s death

A 23-year-old Ames in Story County-based Iowa State University bus driver on Monday, August 1 pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor charge in relation to the vehicular accident that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old student on December 14, 2015.

The driver’s charge gives him the possibility of being imprisoned for up to 30 days. The Story County Attorney’s Office said the case will begin its trial on Tuesday, August 2.

According to court documents, a freshman student who hailed from Urbana was on her way to class for a final test before the semester break when she was allegedly hit by the bus that the school driver had been operating. ISU police found her lying on the crosswalk just a few minutes after she was hit.

The driver was arrested on Jan. 20, 2016 after surveillance video footage revealed he made a left turn against a flashing yield arrow.


Des Moines motorcycle-car collision hurts one

A motorcycle-car collision that happened just before 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at the intersection of East 9th Street and Garfield Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa resulted in one person getting hurt.

According to preliminary investigations, a car pulled out in front of the path of a motorcycle that was traveling through an intersection. In a bid to avoid crashing into the vehicle, the driver of the motorcycle, veered a little off the roadway, causing him to lose control of his bike.

Emergency medical responders found a motorcycle rider sprawled out onto the road. He sustained injuries, but was conscious and is expected to recover from the accident.

Police authorities are conducting further investigations into the incident to get a clear picture of the events that took place that led to the accident.

Our attorneys at La Marca Law Group, P.C. seek to have the courts punish the liable party for their negligent actions – intoxicated operation of a motor vehicle, for instance – that resulted in a personal injury accident. If you have a personal injury accident case in Des Moines and you wish to pursue financial compensation for you and your family, call our offices today at (515) 225-2600.


Iowa State Patrol reports 97 crashes over Fourth of July weekend

The Iowa State Patrol reported that there were 97 traffic accidents during the Fourth of July weekend in the state this year, according to an article of KCCI Des Moines.

Police authorities said 41 of the 97 crashes from the weekend involved injuries. The Iowa State Patrol added that their officers performed around 241 motorist assists in total during the event. This year, approximately 186 fatal accidents have occurred, which is significantly higher than the five-year crash average of 147 by this time of the year. Data showed there were 128 fatal vehicular accidents in 2015, 127 in 2014, 134 in 2013, and 176 in 2012.

At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., we can help you recover financial compensation from the people or parties responsible for your personal injury accident in Des Moines. Our knowledgeable team can provide you with the experienced legal counsel necessary to ensure that your interests are protected and your case is handled professionally. Call our offices today at (515) 225-2600 to learn more about what we can do for you.


One dead, one hurt in Des Moines single-vehicle crash

The Des Moines Police Department has reported that one man has lost his life while another sustained injuries during a single-vehicle accident that occurred at around 2:40 a.m. last Sunday, July 3.

The passenger, a 23-year-old man from Des Moines, was declared dead at the scene of the accident while the vehicle’s driver, a 24-year-old man from Cedar Rapids had to be confined in a hospital for the treatment of his critical injuries.

According to preliminary investigations, the vehicle struck a traffic signal pole after the driver lost control of the vehicle at an intersection just north of downtown Des Moines. Bystanders pulled the two men out of the vehicle before it erupted into flames.

The thoughts of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. go out to both victims’ families.


34 years of prison for man found guilty of Des Moines hit-and-run

The man who caused the death of a bicyclist in Des Moines, Iowa last year was sentenced to 34 years in prison on Friday, June 17.

The defendant was convicted of six charges in relation to a 2015 hit and run last May – homicide by vehicle, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, leaving the scene of a personal scene accident, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and operating a motor vehicle while barred.

According to court documents, the defendant was drunk when he hit the victim, causing his death. He then drove away from the accident site without slowing or braking. The judge sentenced the defendant to the maximum sentence and ordered that the sentences be served consecutively instead of concurrently.

The attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. provide legal services to our clients in Des Moines and handle personal injury accident cases such as car accidents, bicycle accidents, and drunk driving accidents. Call our offices at (515) 225-2600 to discuss your legal options.


Employee loses life in waterpark accident

A fatal accident on the Raging River ride at the family-owned amusement park Adventureland occurred on Tuesday, June 7, according to an article of the Des Moines Register.

According to preliminary investigations, a park employee was stationed at the water ride assisting riders onto the ride, when he slipped and fell. The accident fractured the employee’s skull and eventually resulted in the employee’s death on Saturday, June 11. The employee was identified as a 68-year-old man, who was enjoying retirement with his wife. The retired postal worker had worked at the park for only six days at the time of the accident.

Security staff at the amusement park immediately came to his rescue, and he was transported to Mercy Medical Center, where life support was needed to sustain him. The Raging River ride is still open to the public, but the event is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


Two hurt in Ankeny two-vehicle collision

A police officer who was responding to a distress call in Ankeny was involved in a two-vehicle collision around 8:17 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1.

According to preliminary investigations, a 34-year-old police officer was travelling north on Ankeny Boulevard to respond to a call when he collided with a truck driven by a 61-year-old Ankeny man. The driver of the truck had to be taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines for the treatment of his injuries. The police officer was brought to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, where he was treated for his minor injuries and was released before 12:00 p.m. The accident is currently being investigated to determine which driver was at fault.

The attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. have the legal knowledge, the technical experience, and the resources to provide thorough legal representation for people in Des Moines who have been injured in a personal injury accident. If you were the victim of a serious car accident, call our offices at (515) 225-2600 to discuss your legal options.


Man files lawsuit against Texas Roadhouse after slipping on peanuts

An Iowa man filed a premises liability lawsuit in federal court on Friday, May 6 against national steakhouse chain Texas Roadhouse after his knee was shattered when he slipped on the floor of the restaurant’s Cedar Falls branch in February 2015. The man attributed the fall to its employees’ negligence and recklessness because they did not clean up the scattered peanut shells on the floor.

According to the plaintiff’s attorneys, Texas Roadhouse is known for providing diners with free buckets of dry-roasted peanuts whose shells can be thrown on the floor. The attorneys noted that the “marketing gimmick” contributed to “extremely dangerous” conditions inside the restaurant. A similar lawsuit was filed in 2013 against Texas Roadhouse when a Texas woman said she slipped on peanut shells at the restaurant’s branch in Harlingen and asked for over $1 million in damages.

The attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., serve clients in Des Moines and other areas of Iowa and are known for providing excellent legal services to each client, no matter how big or small their case is. If you want to discuss your situation or begin planning your case, call our attorneys today at (515) 225-2600.


Two people die in I-80 car accident

Two people, a 43-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man, both from Albia, succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene of the accident after a four-vehicle collision on May 9 at the 304 mile marker of Interstate 80 westbound.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, a vehicle driven by a 27-year-old Parkview man rear-ended the Buick Century of the victims. The couple inside the vehicle were at a standstill when they were struck by the Parkview man from behind as he attempted to merge onto the interstate. He then hit the back of another vehicle, causing it to rear-end a truck. Neither of those drivers sustained injuries, but the Parkview man was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He was given a citation for failure to stop within assured safe distance.

The attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., understand how traumatic car accidents are for everyone involved. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims of this accident.


Grimes two-vehicle collision results in two injured

Monday, March 14 at around 9:32 p.m., a fiery head-on collision between an Oldsmobile Silhouette minivan and a 1998 GMC Sierra truck in the 11800 block of Iowa Highway 141 near Grimes, Iowa resulted in injuries to two individuals.

A Polk County Sheriff’s deputy pulled 60-year-old Granger resident Michael Crase out of the burning truck when it became apparent he was trapped in his truck behind the steering wheel after the crash.

According to a sheriff’s office report, 31-year-old Des Moines resident Emmanuel Sebineza had been driving a minivan westbound in the eastbound lane of Highway 141 when it collided with the truck – headed east in the eastbound lane – driven by Crase, causing a fire to break out from under the hood of the truck and trapping Crase inside.

Both Crase and Sebineza were taken to a hospital via ambulance.

Our attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. have helped many people injured in car accidents fight for justice, and we are ready to help you. Call our offices today at (515) 225-2600 to learn more.


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