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.


Deadly car crash blamed on texting

Two young girls, 18 and 19 years-old, died at the scene of a deadly car crash late last month. Police investigators now say that they believe the 19 year-old driver was texting at the time.

The girl’s car began to drift to the right on Old Lincoln Highway when she over-corrected and drove into the next lane. She collided head-on with an airport shuttle van.

Investigators say the driver made a phone call at 11:10pm and sent a text message at 11:11pm. The crash took place just before 11:15 that night. They found alcohol in the vehicle, but police say that toxicology reports found no traces in their systems.


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.


Iowa man sentenced to 25 years in prison for drunk driving crash

An eastern Iowa man was sentenced to 25 years in prison last week for his role in a crash that resulted in the paralyzing of his passenger.

The accident took place on October 5, 2009. The 36-year-old driver of the truck was intoxicated and lost control of the vehicle, striking a light pole.

His 32-year-old passenger was paralyzed from the neck down and about a week after the accident chose to end his life support upon learning that he was paralyzed.


Two killed in single-vehicle accident

According to the Iowa State Patrol, a one-car crash last weekend left two Williams residents dead.

The accident took place Saturday morning in Franklin County near Dows. A 40-year-old man lost control of his 1992 Mazda as he was traveling eastbound on Balsam Avenue. He crashed into a roadside creek.

The 40-year-old man and his 14-year-old passenger were killed in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.


Woman killed in single-vehicle accident

Cedar Falls police report that a 26-year-old woman died last Saturday morning in a single-vehicle accident.

According to authorities, the accident took place early Saturday morning when the 25-year-old driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle. The truck then ran off the road and struck a retaining wall before hitting a parked vehicle.

The woman was riding passenger in the truck and was killed immediately. The driver was taken to a local hospital.


Driver responsible for cyclist’s death turns himself in

The man responsible for the car-bicycling accident death of a Cedar Rapids bicyclist in July turned himself in to authorities this week.

Police issued an arrest warrant was issued for the man after police were unable to locate him. Authorities say that the man turned himself in after a friend of his saw a news report about the warrant and told him.

He was charged with failure to yield and having no insurance in his involvement in the July 29 accident. The crash occurred on C Street SW and left the woman cyclist with serious head injuries, from which she died four days later in hospital care.


Two cousins killed in single-vehicle crash

According to Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department deputies, two cousins from western Iowa died Saturday as the result of a single-vehicle crash in Pottawattmie County.

The 25-year-old and 26-year-old cousins were both riding in the same vehicle just north of Council Bluffs when the car left the road and entered a ditch on the west side of the road. It then rolled over.

According to friends, the cousins were heading home from a nephew’s flag football game at the time.




Collision between cyclist and truck ends in tragedy

The Iowa State Patrol reports that an accident with a truck near the city of Montezuma in central Iowa left a bicyclist from Oregon dead this Wednesday.

The 33-year-old bicyclist was pedaling on Iowa Highway 85. When the truck driver spotted the cyclist, he moved towards the center line to allow for more room.

It was then that the truck’s front right tire failed, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The truck lurched to the right, striking and killing the cyclist.


Two killed in single-vehicle crash

According to the Iowa State Patrol, two people were killed in a one-vehicle crash in Grand Junction late Friday night.

Authorities say the 37-year old driver and his 23-year-old passenger were killed after the driver lost control of the vehicle, swerving from the roadway and entering a ditch. The car then struck a drainage culvert and flipped over before coming to rest on its top.

The accident happened a little after 11 PM on Friday on 230th Street east of T Avenue.


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