The driver responsible for the reckless driving crash last Thursday that killed two children and left their mother and another child in critical condition has been charged at least ten times before for traffic-related infractions, according to court documents.
Previous charges include speeding, leaving the scene of an injury accident, reckless driving, and failure to maintain control,
The 46-year-old Norwalk man failed to stop for a stop sign at Southeast Tone’s Drive and Southeast Creekview Drive in Ankeny, police said.
He collided with a minivan driven by a woman and her three children, aged 5 months, 3 years, and 5 years old.
All four occupants of the minivan were seriously injured. The 5-year-old and 5-month-old both died while in hospital care.
The 46-year-old man was injured but is expected to make a full and rapid recovery.
A 23-year-old Mount Pleasant driver crashed into a tree around 11 p.m. last Friday night on 520 Avenue in rural Crawford County, according to police.
The accident occurred about 200 feet west of 250th street. The driver and his three passengers were headed eastbound on 520 Avenue when he lost control of the car where the road surface changed from asphalt to gravel. Police believe that the man was driving was a high rate of speed, which may have been the cause behind this car accident.
The 2001 Chevrolet Camaro veered off the road and slammed into a tree, ejecting the driver through the windshield. Emergency personnel pronounced him dead at the scene. His passengers were transported to Via Christi and St. John’s Regional Medical Center for head injury treatment.