Two cousins killed in crash

According to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department, two cousins from western Iowa were killed Saturday in a single-vehicle crash in Pottawattmie County.

The 25-year-old and 26-year-old cousins were both riding in the same vehicle just north of Council Bluffs when the car left the road and entered a ditch on the west side of the road. It then rolled over.

According to friends, the cousins were heading home from a nephew’s flag football game at the time.



Two killed in single-vehicle crash

According to Iowa police, two people were killed in a one-vehicle crash in Grand Junction late Friday night.

The Iowa State Patrol report that the 37-year old driver and his 23-year-old passenger were killed after the car swerved from the roadway and entered a ditch. Then then struck a drainage culvert and flipped over, coming to rest on its top.

The accident happened a little after 11 PM on Friday on 230th Street east of T Avenue.



Drunk driver faces criminal and civil charges

The Nebraska man arrested in connection with the August 9th crash that killed four motorcyclists in Western Iowa last month had a blood alcohol level over four times the legal limit at the time of the accident, according to the Iowa State Patrol’s final accident report.

The report, which was released this week, determined that the 21-year-old driver had a BAC of 0.373. The legal limit is 0.08.

The fatal accident happened in a construction zone on Interstate 29 near the Little Sioux exit. Four motorcyclists traveling southbound were struck by the drunk driver when he crossed the center line while headed northbound in his pickup truck.

The four motorcyclists, who were heading home from a motorcyclist convention, were killed in the crash. Criminal charges against the drunk driver are pending an official report from the state crime lab’s toxicology unit. In the meantime, he remains incaracerated. He already faces a civil suit filed by the widow of one of the motorcyclists, who alleges that his negligence was the primary cause of the collision.



Three killed in three-vehicle crash

Iowa State Patrol deputies report three drivers are dead in a three-vehicle accident involving two trucks and a van.

Authorities said that the crash occurred on Iowa Highway 2 around 8 AM Tuesday, about four miles east of Cordyon.

A 56-year-old woman, a 59-year-old man, and a 24-year-old man were killed in the crash.

Evidence suggests that the 59-year-old man was eastbound on Highway 2, while the 56-year-old woman was westbound on Highway 2 with the 24-year-old behind her. The 59-year-old’s truck crossed the center line and struck both of the other vehicles. Two of the three then burst into flames.



Fatal crashes down for Iowa

The number of fatal auto accidents in Iowa for 2009 and 2010 has been at a 50 year low, according to the Iowa State Patrol.

As of this week, there have been 191 fatal traffic accidents on Iowa roads, down from 227 at this time last year. 2009 ended with 372 fatal crashes total, and 2010 is shaping up to have even fewer. Fatalities have not been this low since World War II times.

Paul Rierdan explains this lowering in fatal crashes, despite police budget cuts:

“I think technology has helped a great deal. They locate problems areas. In general I think all departments, city state and county all do that. They locate their areas where they’re having problems, fatalities, bad accidents, speed complaints, whatever and then we can concentrate on those areas.”

The state also has a 93% compliance rate when it comes to buckling up and is the second best ranked state in the nation in terms of alcohol related fatalities.

If you or someone you love has been in a car accident, contact the  Iowa Auto Accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.



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.



Three Iowa teenagers injured in two-vehicle accident

Three Iowa teenagers were injured in a two-car accident Sunday. According to police reports, the accident occurred near Westfield, Iowa.

One of the cars involved in the accident may have crossed the center line and caused the accident. When medical officials arrived to the scene, the three teenagers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. One teenager was in critical condition.



Waterloo couple injured in car accident Friday

A Waterloo couple was injured in a three-car accident Friday. According to police reports, the accident occurred near Mount Vernon.

One van apparently was hit by another van trying to make a turn, causing a third vehicle to lose control and rollover. When medical officials arrived to the scene of the accident, the couple in the car was taken to Iowa City hospital.

If you or anyone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact the Iowa car accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-3270-2600.



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.



Drunk driver given 25 year prison sentence

The drunk driver responsible for the drunk driving accident that left three dead earlier this year was sentenced in court today, May 27, to a 25 year prison term.

The man apologized to friends and family of his own as well as of the victims in court, saying “I’m so sorry. I wish I could bring everybody back so we could hang out again. I’ll do everything I promised to do. I love you all.”

When the crash occurred, the man had just left a party at a friend’s place. He was driving eastbound on East River Drive in Scott County around 11:12 p.m. when he struck a pickup truck containing four people.

Three of the people in the truck were killed immediately, and the driver was severely injured. The drunk driver as well as his passenger were both injured as well.

Police who arrived at the scene were able to determine from the extent of the damages to the vehicles that the drunk driver had also been speeding significantly over the speed limit.



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