Iowa sees increase in fatal crashes

Officials in the state of Iowa have said that the number of fatal accidents have increased this year and are attributing this to the change in the weather.

“This year has been different because we had a storm and then we don’t have snow for a month or two so they go back to their original driving conditions and they we get another storm and that when we see a lot of collisions because they don’t become adjusted for three months, You have a break in between,” said Sgt. Scott Bright with the Iowa State Patrol.

Officials have stated that many drivers are not realizing the danger in just a light layer of snow on the roadway. Officials have said that the second cause in an increase has been attributed to distracted driving.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, you need representation on your side during this difficult time. Contact the Iowa automobile accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.



Waterloo crash kills Madison man

Joseph Pink, 71, of Madison, WI, died Wednesday from injuries suffered after a car collision in Waterloo, IA, earlier this week.

According to authorities, Pink was hit by Garth Beatty, 70, of Vinton, IA, while crossing the southbound lanes of Highway 63.  Beatty was driving a pickup truck with a trailer attached.

Both cars ended up in a ditch, and the pickup truck flipped upon impact.  Beatty was brought to a nearby Waterloo hospital.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it is important to have experienced representation to help guide you through this difficult time.  Contact Des Moines auto accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



5-car accident in West Liberty

Candelaria Antonio, 24, of West Liberty, was driving her Ford Explorer on Nov 7 when a vehicle struck her from behind.

Antonio was making on the 900 block of N. Columbus St. into a private drive when Patricia Koenig, 65, of West Liberty, hit Antonio with her van from behind.  Francisco Reyes, 50, of West Liberty, was driving behind Koenig and stopped his car, but a domino effect of collisions began.   Reyes was hit from behind by Fernando Rios, 38, of Muscatine, and Rios was then hit by Leonel Ayala, 29, of West Liberty.

Koenig and Ayala were issued citations for failure to maintain control while driving, and the remaining three were issued citations for failure to carry a valid Iowa drivers license.

Three of the victims were taken to a nearby hospital for injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Des Moines car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



1 Killed, 1 Injured in Des Moines Car Accident

One person was killed and another injured in an Iowa car accident Thursday.

According to officials with the Iowa State Patrol, one person was killed in an accident on Highway 330 in Jasper County shortly after 7:00 a.m. Police say a car with four passengers was traveling southbound on Highway 330 near the intersection of F17 when the accident occurred.

According to the Iowa State Patrol accident report, a vehicle pulled out in front of the southbound car, causing it to collided with the passengers’ side of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The victim’s identity has not been released, pending notification of family members.

Troopers say one person in the southbound car was transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center for treatment. No information on the nature or extent of the victim’s injuries was immediately available. The victim’s identity has not been released.

The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and friends during this difficult time.

 



Woman Killed in Iowa Bicycle Accident

A woman was killed in an Iowa bicycle accident Tuesday morning.

According to officials with the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, the bicycle rider was identified as 49 year-old Vera Lucia Ribeiro-Sulentic. Police say Ribeiro-Sulentic was riding her bicycle westbound on Old Highway 20/160th Street, about two miles east of Dike, shortly after 6:20 a.m. when the accident occurred. She was struck from behind by a westbound Jeep Liberty driven by 30 year-old Grundy Center-resident Dustin Hughson.

According to the accident report, Ribeiro-Sulentic was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Hughson was not injured in the crash. He was cited for steering unreasonably close to a bicyclist. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 18.

The bicycle accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol. Dike Fire Department and Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time.

 



One Injured in Iowa Motor Vehicle Accident

A man from Buffalo was injured in a rollover car accident in Davenport Tuesday.

According to officials with the Davenport Police Department, 34 year-old Kevin Derrickson sustained multiple injuries in an auto accident on Interstate 74 near mile marker 0 shortly after 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. He was transported by ambulance to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street for treatment. He was later transferred to University Hospitals in Iowa City.

According to the accident report, Derrickson was driving a 2008 Ford Escape eastbound on I-74 when he began coughing. As he was coughing, Derrickson drove into the center median, crossed into the westbound lanes, and onto the westbound shoulder. His SUV rolled several times before coming to a rest.

If you have been injured in an Iowa car accident, please contact the Iowa Personal Injury Lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Three Injured in Iowa Car Accident

Three people were injured in an Iowa car accident Monday afternoon.

According to officials with the Iowa State Patrol, the accident occurred shortly after 12:00 p.m. Monday on Interstate 35, one mile north of the Northwood exit at the 215 mile marker. Police say 63 year-old Gilbert George fletcher, 63 year-old Carol Lann Fletcher, and 12 year-old Kayla Brown were transported by Lake Mills Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Mason City after the crash.

According to the accident report, Gilbert Fletcher was driving a 2002 GMC Envoy southbound on I-35 when he passed a tractor-trailer, caught the inside shoulder of the median, overcorrected, and lost control. Fletcher’s vehicle went into the west ditch and rolled.

All three injured victims are expected to make a full recovery.

Gilbert Fletcher was cited for failure to maintain control.

If you have been injured in an Iowa car accident, please contact an Iowa personal injury lawyer of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.



Boy Killed in Iowa Car Accident

A 10 year-old boy was killed in an Iowa car accident in rural Marshall County Wednesday.

According to officials with the Iowa state patrol, the accident occurred shortly after 3:00 p.m. Wednesday on a gravel road near 180th street, about three miles southwest of Albion. Troopers say 34 year-old Mitchell Storjohann, of Marshalltown, was traveling west in the middle of the road when he crested a hill and struck an eastbound Kia Sedona driven by 33 year-old Shane Ersland, of Iowa City.

It is unclear which vehicle the boy who died was in at the time of the crash.

Ersland and a passenger in his car, 57 year-old Ann Ersland, were injured in the accident and transported by ambulance to a Marshalltown hospital. The nature and extent of their injuries was not immediately known. Troopers said their lives were saved because they were wearing seat belts.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ family and friends during this difficult time.



One Injured in Iowa Car Accident

One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident in Carroll, Tuesday night.

According to officials with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred on Highway 71, about a tenth of a mile south of 250th street in Carroll County. Deputies say 48 year-old Michael Ross, of Grand Junction, was traveling north on Highway 71 in a 2008 Mack Truck and tractor when he was rear-ended by a 2005 Ford Taurus driven by 18 year-old Cody Wills, of Carroll.

Deputies say 19 year-old Katie Schuler was injured in the accident. The nature and extent of her injuries was not immediately known. Two other passengers in Wills’ vehicle, 19 year-old James Martens and 26 year-old Alvin Evans were not harmed.

The Taurus sustained an estimated $3,500 in damage. The Mack Truck sustained an estimated $200 in damage.

The Sheriff’s Office reports the highway was 30 to 40 percent covered with snow at the time of the accident.

If you have been injured in an Iowa car accident, please contact an Iowa car accident lawyer of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.



Pedestrian accident leaves 57-year-old Naperville man dead

Iowa authorities report that a 57-year-old Naperville man was killed in a pedestrian accident on Sunday.

The incident took place around 4:40 PM on Interstate 80 in Scott County in eastern Iowa. Police say that the man tried to cross the interstate and was struck by a semitrailer.

The 57-year-old man died instantly, and the truck driver was not injured.

Police are stil investigating the death and no charges have yet been filed.



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