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.


One bicyclist dies in Des Moines hit-and-run accident

Members of the Des Moines Police Department in Iowa took into custody a 31-year-old man who is suspected in a hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of a bicyclist. The victim sustained serious wounds from an accident that occurred on the 5100 block of Grand Avenue in Des Moines before 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 16.

Police authorities responded to an emergency call and found a 41-year-old cyclist lying along the road, having sustained critical injuries from the incident. Two other bicyclists incurred more minor wounds in the same accident, Des Moines police reported.

The cyclist was then transported to the Iowa Methodist Medical Center where he died on Tuesday, August 18 as a result of his serious injuries.

Police investigators were able to locate the driver as a result of witnesses, who gave the authorities a description of the car he was driving and the plate number that accompanied the suspect’s car.


Training bicyclist killed in McMillan car collision

A bicyclist who was training for her first Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) died when she was hit by a car while riding her bicycle, the Des Moines Register reported on July 16.

The victim, a 52-year-old Marshfield resident, had been riding her bicycle on June 13 just before 6 p.m. on a paved County Road T in the town of McMillan when she was fatally struck by a car, a post at the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page showed. Both she and the vehicle were traveling the same direction when the crash occurred, and the bicycle accident remains under investigation by local authorities.

The RAGBRAI charter services director for the Quad Cities Bicycle Club said the bicyclist had informed him that “RAGBRAI was going to be the highlight of her summer.” The director also offered the organization’s “deepest sympathies to [the victim’s] family during this tragic loss.”


Bicyclist critically wounded in Loveland hit and run

Forty-year-old Fort Collins, Colorado resident Jeffrey Wicks was riding his bicycle at the intersection of North Taft Avenue and West 29th Street in Loveland, Iowa the morning of June 14 when he collided with a car, the Reporter-Herald stated.

The vehicle that reportedly hit Wicks was a white Mazda sedan driven by 72-year-old Des Moines resident Peggy Brown, a press release from the Loveland police stated. According to Sergeant Justin Chase, Brown turned left on West 29th Street in front of Wicks as he was riding his bike south in the 2900 block of North Taft Avenue, and Wicks bumped into the back of Brown’s vehicle. Brown stopped after the collision but left the scene of the accident within minutes. She was arrested for leaving an accident after an injury and careless driving.

Being the victim of a vehicular crash can cause emotional and physical damage. Our attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., in Des Moines can advocate for you to get the financial compensation you deserve from responsible parties. Call (515) 225-2600 today to discuss your situation.


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