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.
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.
A 20-year-old woman who was driving south on I-380 on Wednesday night in Johnson County lost control of her car when she tried to exit onto the I-80 eastbound ramp.
The woman’s 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt struck a guardrail on the exit ramp, which forced the car back into oncoming traffic. There it collided with a semi-truck driven by a 61-year-old man. The woman was taken by ambulance to the University of Iowa hospital for her injuries.
The driver of the semi-truck was not injured in the crash.