Fatal Car Accident in Pottawattamie County

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

According to officials with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department, the fatal accident occurred shortly after 6:00 a.m. near Champion Lane, less than a half mile north of Highway 92 in  rural Pottawattamie County. Police say 21 year-old Griswold resident Kayleen Amos was killed in the car accident.

According to the sheriff’s department accident report, Amos was traveling north on Contrail Avenue in a 2002 Ford F250 pickup truck when she lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons. The pickup truck left the roadway, entered the west ditch, and rolled, eventually coming to rest on its top.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jim Matthai said Amos was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to Matthai.

The accident remains under investigation.

 



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.

 



Four People Injured in Iowa Train Accident

Four people were injured Tuesday night after a piece of railroad maintenance equipment struck the car they were riding in near Larchwood.

According to officials with the Lyon County Sheriff’s office, the accident occurred shortly after 9:00 p.m. at the intersection of 120th Street and Dogwood Avenue. Deputies say 19 year-old Jessica Knobloch was driving a 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound on Dogwood Avenue, turning west onto 120th Street, when a ballast regulator, owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, struck her vehicle.

Accoridng to the accident report, Knobloch and her passenger, 26 year-old Clifford Logan, were transported by ground ambulance to Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids for treatment. Another passenger, 19 year-old George-resident Jessie Bathke, was taken to Sanford Hospital in Luverne, Minn., and later transferred to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., for treatment of minor injuries.

If you have been injured in a train accident in Iowa, please contact the Iowa Train Accident Lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.

 



Iowa Truck Accident: Fatal Crash in Polk Co.

A man was killed in an Iowa truck accident late Sunday night.

According to officials with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 58 year-old Wellsburg-resident Richard Leroy England suffered fatal injuries in a truck accident on Interstate Highway 35 in northern Polk County Sunday. Police say the accident occurred shortly after 11:30 p.m. near mile marker 98 north of Des Moines.

According to an Iowa State Patrol accident report, England was driving a semi-truck at the time of the accident. The motor carrier is listed as United Parcel Service. Authorities say England was traveling southbound on Interstate Highway 35 when he lost control of his vehicle, veered off the roadway, and collided with a wire safety guard.

England was transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines where he was later pronounced dead.

The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

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

 



CA Highway Patrol Officer Awarded $35M in Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit

A jury in California returned a $35 million verdict in a lawsuit filed by a police officer who was paralyzed in a car accident in 2007.

According to court documents, California Highway Patrol officer Anthony Pedeferri was left paralyzed after he was struck by a car on Highway 101 near Faria Beach, California. The vehicle was driven by Jeremy White, of Paso Robles, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2008 for his role in the accident.

Pedeferri filed a civil lawsuit against White and the owners of Bert’s Mega Mall in Covina, from where White was returning from at the time of the accident. Employees of Bert’s strapped two motorcycles into White’s truck prior to the accident.

A Ventura County jury returned a $35 million verdict after a judge threw out a defense motion for a new trial.

If you suffered from a spinal cord injury due to some else’s reckless driving or negligent actions, please contact an Iowa spinal cord injury attorney of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Two Injured in Iowa Motorcycle Accident

Two people sustained minor injuries in a motorcycle accident in Iowa Monday.

According to officials with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m. Monday on Lafayette County W in New Diggings Township. Deputies say 43 year-old William Salyars and his passenger, 53 year-old Julie Salyars, both of Anamosa, were traveling west on a motorcycle when he pulled into the east lane of traffic in a no-passing zone. Salyars then had to avoid an oncoming collision and steered the vehicle into a roadside ditch. Both he and Julie Salyars were ejected from the vehicle in the crash.

The two victims were transported by ground ambulance to a Dubuque hospital. The name of the hospital was not released by police. Neither Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque nor The Finley Hospital had a patient listing of the couple on Tuesday.

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



Slip And Fall Accident Leads to Premises Liability Lawsuit

A couple has filed a premises liability lawsuit against a Texas restaurant over a slip and fall incident.

According to Harris County District Court documents, Clinton and Jamie Cobb filed a premises liability lawsuit on May 19 against Chuy’s Opco and Parkway Construction & Associates.

The lawsuit claims that on September 19, 2010, Clinton seriously injured his knee while dining at Chuy’s restaurant. He claims he slipped and fell on an excessively slippery entry ramp, which had been recently painted by Parkway construction. The Cobbs are seeking an unspecified amount of damages, plus court costs.

A representative for Parkway Construction declined to comment on the lawsuit.

If you have been injured on a negligently maintained property, please contact the Iowa premises liability lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Wrongful Death, Product Liability Lawsuit Filed Against Philip Morris Over Smoker’s Death

Lawyers made opening statements Wednesday in a wrongful death and product liability lawsuit filed in Massachusetts against Philip Morris Inc. by the family of a man who died of lung cancer in 2000, after smoking Marlboro cigarettes for years.

According to court documents, the lawsuit alleges that when Stephen C. Haglund began smoking cigarettes in the 1970s, Philip Morris could have provided a safer alternative to Marlboros by employing technology that extracted addictive nicotine from tobacco. The lawsuit was filed in 2001 by Haglund’s wife, Brenda L. Haglund, and two of their children, Stephen M. Haglund and Melissa J. Robledo.

Lawyers for Philip Morris denied that the “alternative design” of lower nicotine cigarettes would have prevented Haglund’s death. Council for Philip Morris, Paul F. Ware, said the “solvent extraction” technology could not remove all the nicotine from cigarettes and, more importantly, would not remove any of the carcinogens.

If you need assistance with a product liability lawsuit, please contact the Iowa product liability lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.

 



Iowa Car Accidents: Fatal Crash Near Alden

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

The deceased was identified as 17 year-old Victoria Westfall. She was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City where she was pronounced dead.

The injured victim, 57 year-old Marlo White, was transported by ambulance to Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls. She is listed in fair condition.

According to officials with the Iowa State Patrol, the accident occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Hardin Street and C Avenue about five miles northwest of Alden. Police say Westfall was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound on Hardin Street while White was traveling southbound on C Avenue in a Silverado pickup truck. Both vehicles entered the uncontrolled intersection and collided.

The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.



4 Injured in Iowa Motor Vehicle Accident

Four people were injured in an Iowa car accident Sunday evening.

According to officials with the Iowa State Patrol, the accident occurred at the intersection of Southwest Seventh Street and U.S. 20 in Dyersville. Police say 34 year-old Matthew Burnell was crossing south on U.S. 20 from a stop sign on Seventh Street shortly after 4:30 p.m. when 18 year-old Charles Emmerson collided with Burnell’s driver-side door. Both vehicles came to rest in the median.

Burnell was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque for treatment. He is listed in fair condition. Emmerson and his two passengers, 15 year-old Brian Emmerson and 49 year-old Sally Houser, were also taken to the Mercy Medical where they were treated and released.

No citations have been issued. The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, please contact an Iowa Injury Lawyer of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.



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