Fort Madison man dies from bike accident

Michael Alexander, 57, of Fort Madison, died Saturday at Fort Madison Community Hospital after being struck from behind by a truck while riding his bicycle on Highway 61 South.  Wayde Youngquist, 48, of Montrose was the driver of the truck who hit Alexander.  Alexander was riding in the outside lane when Youngquist’s truck, driving in the same lane, struck him from behind.  He was rushed to Fort Madison Community Hospital where he later died of his injuries.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at King-Lynk Funeral Home at 2pm.

Our deepest thoughts and condolences are with Alexander’s family at this time.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a bicycle accident, it is important that you have experienced representation to help you through this difficult time.  Contact Iowa bicycle accident lawyers LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



Hit-and-run driver turns himself in

The man responsible for the death of a Cedar Rapids bicyclist in a fatal accident last July turned himself in to authorities this week.

An arrest warrant was issued for the driver behind the hit-and-run after police could not locate him at several addresses. Cedar Rapids police say that the man turned himself in after his friend saw a news report about the warrant and told him about it.

He has been charged with failure to yield and having no insurance in his involvement in the July 29 accident. The crash occurred on C Street SW and left the woman cyclist with serious head injuries, from which she died four days later in hospital care.



Bicyclist killed in truck accident

According to the Iowa State Patrol, an accident with a truck near the city of Montezuma in central Iowa left a bicyclist from Oregon dead this Wednesday.

The 33-year-old bicyclist was pedaling on Iowa Highway 85 when the truck driver spotted him. The driver moved towards the center line to give the cyclist more room.

It was then that the truck’s front right tire failed, causing the truck to lurch to the right. It hit the cyclist, killing him instantly.



Deadly Crash Cause May Have Been Texting

According to Radio Iowa, 17-year-old Jennifer Flockhart from Mechanicsville was likely typing a text message before she crashed her vehicle on July 5. In eastern Iowa, Flockhart flipped her car into a ditch and was killed.

An Iowa Department of Public Safety Spokesperson said that police located an unfinished text on the girl’s cell phone. Radio Iowa quotes Iowa DPS spokesperson Jessica Lown, “‘Unfortunately, we have some evidence to indicate that she may have been texting while she was driving and it may have been a contributing factor to the accident that took her life,” Lown said.'”

Iowa has officially made it illegal to text and drive simultaneously. This year, motorists will only receive a warning for the dangerous behavior. Next year, the fines will ensue.



Marathon high school teacher killed in bicycle accident

According to authorities, a Laurens-Marathon Community School District high school science teacher was struck and killed in a bicycle-car accident last Wednesday.

Around 8 p.m. Wednesday, the teacher was riding his bike westbound on Highway 10. He was intending to participate in Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa this summer, friends and school staff told police.

About 3 miles from Marathon, the teacher was struck by a car driven by an 18-year-old former student. Both rider and driver were heading westbound into the setting sun, and the driver was unable to see the bicyclist.

The teacher was taken to Pocahontas Community Hospital but was later pronounced dead.

Police had not filed any charges.



Iowa City cyclist struck by hit-and-run driver

Iowa City Police report that an adult male cyclist was hit by a car around 2:12 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Jefferson and Johnson Streets.

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the driver, who fled the scene. The cyclist described the car as a new silver, four-door Pontiac Grand Am.

The passenger side door sustained serious damage in the accident and the passenger side window was shattered.

The cyclist was taken to Mercy Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Hit-and-run accidents involving cars hitting cyclists are unfortunately quite common. If you have been involved in a bike-car accident, call the Iowa bicycle traffic accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.



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