Drunk driving deaths spike in Iowa as license revocations fall

Reports in Mason City revealed that although there was an increase in fatal accidents caused by drivers who operated a vehicle while intoxicated last year, the number of licenses revoked in the same year actually decreased.

There were 123 deaths due to drunk driving recorded in 2015 compared to 110 deaths recorded in 2014. In contrast, approximately 14,000 licenses were revoked last year, a drop from the year before. The Mason City Crime Prevention Coordinator explained that there are people who are not good behind the wheel even if their blood alcohol level is lower than the legal limit of .08 percent. The Crime Prevention Coordinator advised that people should appoint a designated driver if they expect to drink even small amounts of alcohol.

Injuries that are inflicted by drunk drivers in car accidents are often serious, leaving many families devastated. If you were the victim of a drunk driving accident, working with a personal injury attorney could help you to receive the compensations you need for recovery. Call a lawyer of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to learn more about your options.



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.



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.



Iowa teenager faces charges for March drunk driving fatality

Authorities in Bremer County filed a juvenile delinquency petition of vehicular homicide this week against a 17-year-old high school student from Clarksville for a March 21 drunk driving accident.

Sheriff’s department officers were able to determine that the young man had been drinking alcohol before driving. His impaired ability to operate a car led to a crash that killed his 18-year-old passenger and classmate.

The teenager’s lawyer refused to comment when contacted about the case.



Drunk woman crashes car in river

Linn County Sheriff’s deputies responding to a call around 1 a.m. this morning found a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix crashed into a river at the 3500 block of Ellis Road in Cedar Rapids.

Police arrived to find the vehicle abandoned. They were able to identify the owner of the car from its registration papers, and after a short search located two 23-year-old women intoxicated in public.

According to the women, they were in the car when it veered off of the road, rolled over, and slid down an embankment into the river. Police were unable to determine which of the women was driving at the time.

Both of the women were sigificantly intoxicated, so either way it was a drunk driving accident.

Luckily, neither of the women were injured in the accident. This is not always the case when it comes to drunken drivers. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a drunk driver, contact the Iowa drunk driving accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.



Drunk driver dies in single-vehicle crash

Police report that a Dubuque man died in a single-vehicle crash Monday night in southwest Wisconsin.

The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. on Highway 61/151 south of Dickeyville close to the Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa state border.

The 47-year-old Dubuque man lost control of his SUV when he overcompensated while turning a corner, spinning out of control and rolling over in the median. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His two passengers, a 44-year-old and 56-year-old, were taken to hospitals in Dubuque. Their conditions are unknown.

Grant County Wisconsin authorities believe that both speeding and drinking contributed to the accident.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a drunk driver, you deserve some measure of justice. Call the Iowa drunk driving accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options as soon as possible.



Drunk driver faces vehicular homicide charges

According to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department, a Sioux Falls man faces vehicular homicide charges following an alcohol-related single-vehicle crash that left his wife dead.

The accident happened last Sunday as the man was headed west on his motorcycle with his wife riding passenger along 268th Street toward 481st Avenue near Iowa’s Gitchie Manitou State Park. He rounded a bend too sharply and lost control of the motorcycle, throwing both of them from the bike.

Police report that both the man and his wife were responsive when emergency personnel arrived around 7 p.m., but the woman passed out shortly after. She died later that night at Avera McKennan Hospital.

While police have not released the results of a blood-alcohol level test, it is known that alcohol was involved in the accident. Randy Sample, Deputy State’s Attorney, says that investigation is still ongoing as to whether or not the driver will be charged with vehicular homicide.

“Normally, for vehicular homicide, you need two things: You need to be intoxicated, and you need to be involved in a negligent act,” Sample said.

Neither the man nor his wife were wearing helmets. The driver remains hospitalized at Avera McKennan Hospital with serious injuries.

This accident could likely have been avoided if the driver had not been drinking. If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver or been involved in a drunk driving accident, call the Iowa drunk driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.



Iowa city drunk driver hits two cyclists

A 22-year-old has been charged with second-offense drunken driving after hitting two cyclists as they crossed the intersection of Gilbert and Bowery Streets in Iowa City.

The accident occurred around 5:43 p.m. Both cyclists were stopped at a sidewalk on Bowery street, waiting to cross Gilbert street. The 22-year-old driver was waiting at a red light westbound on Bowery street, waiting to turn south on Gilbert street. When the light changed, the cyclists crossed the intersection in a westbound direction while the driver turned southbound, hitting them both.

Both cyclists were taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with non-life threatening injuries. Police report that the drunk driver had an odor of ingested alcohol, bloodshot eyes, unsteady balance, and slurred speech. His blood-alcohol level was significantly over the legal limit.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to a drunk driver, call the Iowa personal injury attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.



Drunken Driver Crashes Car into Building

An alleged drunk driver crashed into Salvation Army while driving with an open Budweiser beer can in his hand.

On March 4 around noon, the 26-year-old man crashed the car he was driving into the Salvation Army building. The man failed the field sobriety test and had a blood alcohol content of .101, according to officials. The man had reportedly just ended a personal relationship. He is being held in jail with a bail of $,1000 set.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Iowa drunk driving lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.



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