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.


Woman killed when SUV crashes into her home

A 73-year-old woman who was at her home on Saturday night was killed when an SUV crashed through the wall.

The 50-year-old driver of the SUV was heading westbound on East Army Post Road around 5pm when he lost control of the vehicle and it ran off the road. The vehicle crashed through the backyard, a pair of sliding glass doors, and out the other side of the home to the front yard.

The driver was charged with vehicular homicide for his reckless driving. Other witnesses out on the road say that they had seen the man driving erratically just before the crash.

Our deepest condolences go out to the victim and her loved ones.


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.


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.


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.


Des Moines residents divided over decision to add traffic cameras

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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