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.

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.

Two-vehicle crash in Spencer injures eight

A two-vehicle collision last Sunday in Spencer, Iowa left eight people injured, according to authorities.

The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. when the driver of a pickup truck did not yield properly to oncoming traffic on Highway 71. When he entered the highway, he was struck by a van, resulting in a collision that sent the van driver to Spencer Hospital with abdomen injuries.

Two other adults and four children in the van suffered non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was also injured in the collision, but with less serious injuries than what the occupants of the van received.

The pickup truck driver told police that he was blinded by the setting sun as he turned onto the highway and as a result did not see the oncoming van.

Argument leads to single-vehicle crash

According to Dubuque police, an argument between a driver and her passenger led to their car crashing into the median at the 151/61 overpass around 12:38 p.m. last Saturday.

The 23-year-old woman and her male passenger were fighting over whether or not the woman should pull over and let the man out. The woman says she does not remember what started the argument but that she refused to let the man out of the vehicle at that location because “he didn’t know where to go because he was from out of town.”

Over the course of the argument the man grew frustrated and jerked the steering wheel out of the woman’s hands while the vehicle was traveling on the highway, crashing it into the median. The man said he did not realize that this would happen because he did not have a driver’s license and had never driven a car.

Both the man and woman were taken to Finley Hospital nearby and released soon thereafter. The woman suffered a broken ankle and has since filed a complaint against the man for being caused a serious injury by a vehicle.

If you or someone you know has been injured by the negligent actions of another person, or is looking for legal advice on how to pursue a case against someone who has recklessly caused them harm, call the Iowa personal injury attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.

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