The Nebraska man arrested in connection with the August 9th drunk driving crash that killed four motorcyclists in Western Iowa last month is now facing charges in court.
According to the Iowa State Patrol’s final accident report, the 21-year-old driver had a blood alcohol level over four times the legal limit at the time of the accident. He had a BAC of 0.373, while the legal limit is 0.08.
The fatal accident happened in a construction zone on Interstate 29 near the Little Sioux exit. Four motorcyclists, who were heading home from a motorcycling convention, were struck by the drunk driver when he crossed the center line while headed in the opposite direction in his pickup truck.
Criminal charges against the drunk driver are pending an official report from the state crime lab’s toxicology unit, but will definitely be filed. In the meantime, he remains incaracerated. The widow of one of the motorcyclists has already filed a civil suit against the drunk driver, alleging that his negligence was the primary cause of the collision.
Three drivers are dead in a three-vehicle accident involving two trucks and a van, according to Iowa State Patrol deputies.
The crash happened on Iowa Highway 2 around 8 AM Tuesday, around four miles east of Cordyon.
A 56-year-old woman, a 59-year-old man, and a 24-year-old man were killed in the crash.
Police believe that the 59-year-old man was headed eastbound on Highway 2 at the same time that the 56-year-old woman was westbound, with the 24-year-old behind her. The 59-year-old’s truck then jumped the center line and struck both of the other vehicles. Two of the three vehicles burst into flames.
Medical personnel pronounced all three drivers dead at the scene.
A head-on collision on Iowa Highway 28 killed one person and injured three others last Tuesday, according to police reports.
The fatal accident occurred around 4:20 PM when a southbound 2000 Mercury Marquis crossed the median into oncoming northbound traffic.
The 62-year-old Norwalk woman driver of the sedan crossed over a raised median and ran headlong into a 1990 Jeep Cherokee driven by an 18-year-old man from Norwalk. The impact killed a 28-year-old woman who was riding in the passenger seat of the jeep.
The drivers of both vehicles along with an 18-year-old man in the backseat of the jeep were taken to Des Moines area hospitals for treatment. All there are reportedly in critical condition.
The Iowa State Patrol is still investigating the accident and as of now the reason why the sedan crossed the median is unknown.
On July 12th, the Des Moines City Council hired a Massachusetts-based company to install a number of traffic cameras at various intersections yet to be determined. Police estimate each camera could cost the city around $100,000 a year.
Capt. Doug Harvey argues, “It’s a very good tool. It lowers crashes at intersections”. However, former Police Chief Bill McCarthy disagrees. McCarthy has continuously argued that the cost is not worth the small increase in traffic safety. He said, “The truth is that it is about money, money money… I believe it’s a poor way to treat your citizenry”.
Others are arguing the money spent on cameras could be spent on more officers to protect roadways all over, not just at intersections.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the Des Moines auto accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600 to learn more about your rights.
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