Drunk driver sentenced to 30 years in prison

A 21 year-old Des Moines man, who was found guilty of vehicular homicide and causing serious injury while drunk, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Last August the man drove drunk, ran a red light, and slammed into a SUV with four Lincoln High School students inside.

A 17 year-old girl in the SUV was killed and four passengers were injured, including one in the drunk driver’s car. The driver’s blood alcohol content was measured at 0.175, more than two times over the legal speed limit.

The surviving passengers suffered serious injuries, including broken ribs, bruised lungs, shattered collarbones, and leg injuries.


Young siblings killed in drunk driving accident

A 10 year-old girl and her 7 year-old brother were killed in a drunk driving accident last week. The children, along with their 9 year-old sister, were in their grandparents’ car coming home from church when a drunk driver struck the vehicle.

The boy died shortly after the crash, and the 10 year-old girl from his injuries last night. Both the grandparents and the other girl suffered minor injuries but are expected to fully recover.

The 37 year-old man who was drunk behind the wheel is facing two counts of felony drunk driving resulting in death as well as driving with an open container of alcohol.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the young victims.


Man sued for causing deadly car accident

A 42 year-old man faces charges of vehicular manslaughter and now a lawsuit from the man he seriously injured when he crashed his car. The driver was drunk when he failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into another car. The passenger in his car was killed and the man suing him sustained serious, life-long injuries.

The injured man was unable to return to work for an extended period of time while he was in the hospital and undergoing rehabilitation. He seeks an undisclosed amount for medical expenses, compensation for temporary and permanent disability, and loss of income.

If you or someone you love has suffered from serious injuries after an accident with a drunk driver, contact the Des Moines drunk driving accident lawyer of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600 today.


Secret Service agent arrested for DUI

A Secret Service agent was arrested in Decorah over the weekend for drunk driving. The 40-year old man was pulled over for allegedly running a red light around 1:30 Saturday morning when the officer spelled alcohol on him. After administering a field sobriety test, the officer decided the man was unfit to stay behind the wheel and took him to jail.

The driver was charged for driving while intoxicated and was released on Monday. The spokesman for the Secret Service confirmed the man was an undercover agent and that his case has been given to the Office of Professional Responisiblity for an internal investigation

If you or someone you know has been injured by a drunk driver, contact the Des Moines drunk driving accident victim’s lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600 today.

High school coach pleads guilty to driving team to meet while intoxicated

A 59-year-old Des Moines high school women’s golf coach recently plead guilty to being intoxicated when she drove her team to a meet. She also plead guilty to one count of child endangerment.

The incident occurred on May 10 at the intersection of Highway 16 and 218. Other drivers on the road reported that the woman was driving erratically and swerving through the lanes. A parent of one of the team members even received a text in which the girl said that she was worried for her life.

After being pulled over, the woman was found to have a blood alcohol content of .212 percent, which is well over twice the legal limit in Iowa. The woman was sentenced to spend two days in jail, as well as pay fine of $1,875.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a drunk driving accident, please contact the Des Moines drunk driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600.


Drunk driver sentenced to 50 years for deaths of motorcyclists

A 22-year-old man from Iowa was recently sentenced to fifty years in prison after he was convicted of driving drunk and causing an accident that took the lives of four motorcyclists.

The accident occurred in August of last year on Interstate 29. The 22-year-old man drove his vehicle across the center line of traffic and crashed into four motorcyclists that were traveling in the opposite direction. The man was found to have a blood alcohol content that was four times the legal limit.

The judge in the trial stated that he hoped the sentencing in this case would serve as a deterrent for others to drink and drive.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed, please contact the Des Moines drunk driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600.


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.


Drunk driver facing charges over 4 fatality crash

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.


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