Mother of two killed in vehicular accident on Halloween

A mother of two lost her life shortly before her 23rd birthday when she was struck by a car driven by her boyfriend near the intersection of Hull and Delaware Avenues in Des Moines, Iowa just after midnight on Saturday, October 31.

Family and friends describe the victim, for whom they held a memorial on Sunday, November 1, as “happy-go-lucky and energetic” and noted that “she was going to be missed by many.”

According to preliminary investigations, the victim had been riding home from a party with her 41-year-old boyfriend  when the pair came upon a train. What happened next is unclear. Somehow, the victim ended up outside of the vehicle and was struck as her boyfriend was backing up. Officers are still working to determine whether the victim’s exiting the vehicle was intentional or accidental. Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek told reporters, “It very well may be just a bad accident.”


Wallet Hub study ranks Iowa 12th in safety

According to Wallet Hub, a personal finance and economic research group, Iowa is the 12th safest state in the country, the Des Moines Register reported on June 2.

When it comes to financial safety, which focuses on foreclosure, unemployment rates, and health insurance, Iowa ranked seventh. Furthermore, Iowa ranked eighth in road safety, not surprisingly as it was also the fifth lowest in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities.

Iowa’s least safe rankings are in the fields of workplace safety (36th) and natural disasters (37th).

No matter how safe the state is, there will always be those who act recklessly and cause accidents. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident through no fault of your own, the team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., in Des Moines may work on behalf of your rights and interests as you recover. Learn how we may help you pursue financial compensation from the person or party responsible by calling our offices at (515) 225-2600 today.


Man crashes into nightclub, injures woman

A 36-year-old Des Moines man was taken into police custody after he crashed into a local nightclub, injuring a woman and sending her to a local hospital on Saturday, March 14.

The police report said that the man was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Southwest Seventh Street at around 10 p.m. that night. According to witnesses, the man drove through a red light and hit a parked car, which then hit a woman. His car then continued into the nightclub.

The man, on the other hand, said he was driving along the left lane on Southwest Seventh Street when another vehicle forced him into the right lane, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and crash into the nightclub.

He was arrested on intoxication related charges.

If a drunk driver was responsible for your pedestrian or car accident, the attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. in Des Moines can help you pursue compensation to go towards your medical bills, property damage, or emotional distress. Find out more by calling our offices today at (515) 225-2600.


Des Moines police search for hit-and-run suspect

Police in Des Moines have released a description of vehicle involved in a February hit-and-run incident.

The accident occurred on Friday, February 14 around 11 p.m. near the 900 block of East Euclid Avenue. The accident claimed the life of John Haggar, 52. According to witnesses, after hitting Haggar, the suspect didn’t slow down or check on the victim.

The police believe that the suspect is driving a gray mid-sized vehicle, similar to a Ford Taurus or Chevrolet Impala.

Polk County Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $2,000 to anyone able to give information leading to the arrest of the suspect.


Ames Man Seriously Injured in Hit and Run Accident

A hit and run incident, which occurred shortly before 2am Friday along Welch Avenue in Campustown, Iowa, is now being investigated by Ames police.

According to an Ames officer in Campustown, Shawn Molitor, 22, was crossing Welch Avenue when he was struck hard by a black pickup driven by Jimmy Hatley. After the accident, Hatley was seen quickly fleeing the scene. However, ISU officers were able to catch up and arrest the suspect. He is now being held at the Story County Jail for charges of reckless driving, serious injury by vehicle, OWI 1st, and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident.

Molitor is now in critical condition at the Mercy Medical Center.

Suffering through a pedestrian accident can be extremely difficult for both the victim and their loved ones, especially when it is caused by a negligent driver. If this has happened to you, call a Des Moines pedestrian accident lawyer of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600 to find out what compensation you may be owed.


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