Man killed in Monmouth drunk driving accident

One man was killed as a result of a drunk driving accident in Monmouth.

According to Iowa police, the accident occurred on Highway 64 on Thursday night and a 75-year-old man was killed as a result.

A 63-year-old man has now been charged with suspicion of drunk driving and vehicular homicide. Details of the crash are currently under investigation at this time.

Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim at this time.



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.



Driver pleads guilty to OUI in boating accident

The boat driver accused of causing a boating accident in 2009 that killed his friend pleaded guilty to operating a boat while intoxicated causing death this Wednesday. He will serve two years in prison.

The incident occurred on June 27, 2009, on the Missouri River near the Port Neal Industrial complex in rural Salix, Iowa.

The driver and his friend were heading back home after a day of drifting on the river when the driver stopped suddenly to avoid a large wave. The stop threw his friend overboard, killing him.

The guilty plea was part of a deal wherein prosecutors dropped additional charges against the man.

The victim’s mother said that she did not want the guilty man to go to prison, because he and her son had been friends for 10 years and loved boating together.

The incident was an unfortunate and tragic accident, but the driver did not deserve prison time for it, she said.



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.



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