Another head-on collision in Palo Alto County

The next collision we have is out of Palo Alto County, Iowa involving a pickup truck and a mailman who is working and delivering the mail. The Trooper, Drost describes that collision below in the narrative. The mailman was driving a 1991 Buick and died. The officer's report indicates the first event was "evasive action (swerve, panic, braking, etc.). The driver was 45-years-old and it doesn't appear at least at this stage that any charges were noted against him; although none should be since he was fatally injured. The other driver was cited for failing to wear a safety belt. This driver was taken to the hospital in Palo Alto by the West Bend Ambulance.

 

What I find of interest in the officer's report is the drawing that shows vehicle 1, Buick being used to deliver mail, drawn across the center line. While the narrative doesn't seem to make any conclusions as to fault the drawing may be giving us a hint of what the officer's observations were at the scene. Today I'll try something new and include the complete report in the post. Because of Word's formatting the pasted content isn't always readable. But today we'll try it and see if I can get it to work.

 

AT APPROXIMATELY 1253 HRS ON 12-27-10 THOMAS JOSEPH LICHTER OF BURT, IA WAS DRIVING A 1991 BUICK REGAL NORTH BOUND ON 540TH AVE, A GRAVEL ROAD, APPROXIMATELY .6 MILES SOUTH OF COUNTY ROAD B55 IN PALO ALTO CO. LICHTER WAS DELIVERING MAIL AND WAS DRIVING FROM THE PASSENGER SIDE OF THE VEHICLE. AT THAT SAME TIME, MARK ROBERT BESCH OF RODMAN, IA. WAS SOUTH BOUND ON 540TH AVE, DRIVING A 2003 CHEVY SILVERALDO PICKUP. THE VEHICLES MET AT A HILL CREST AND COLLIDED IN A NEAR HEAD-ON MANNER. RICHTER WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. BESCH WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE PALO ALTO CO. HOSPITAL. THERE WERE NO OTHER PASSENGERS IN THE VEHICLES. THE COLLISION IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE IOWA STATE PATROL WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE PALO ALTO CO. SHERIFF DEPARTMENT. ALSO ASSISTING AT THE SCENE WAS EMMETSBURG AMBULANCE, WEST BEND AMBULANCE, AND THE RODMAN FIRE DEPARTMENT.

Crash Information


 

 

L
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A
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I
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Date of Accident
12/27/2010

Time of Accident
12:53 PM

County
Palo Alto - 74

Accident occurred within corporate limits of (city)

Law Enforcement Case Number:
2010073536

Literal Description
.6 MILES SOUTH OF B55 ON 540TH AVE

Legal Intervention?
No

Private Property?
No

X-Coordinate:
376019.2

Y-Coordinate
4763601.

 

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1

Driver's Name - Last
LICHTER

First
THOMAS

Middle
JOSEPH

Suffix

City
BURT

State
IA - Iowa, US

Zip
50522

Driver's Age
61

Citation Charge Code 1

Citation Charge 1

Gender
Male

State
IA - Iowa, US

Class
D - Chauffeur

Endorsements
1 - Trk - Trctr Semi-Trailer Comb

Restrictions

None

Citation Charge Code 2

Citation Charge 2

Alcohol Test Given?

Drug Test Given?

Citation Charge Code 3

Citation Charge 3

Citation Charge Code 4

Citation Charge 4

Seating Position
03 - Front: Right Side

Injury Status
1 - Fatal

Occupant Protection
2 - Shoulder and lap belt used

Airbag Deployment
6 - Not applicable

Airbag Switch Status
3 - No ON/OFF switch present

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path

Trapped
1 - Not trapped

Transported to:
PALO ALTO CO. HOSP.

Transported by:
PALO ALTO CO. AMB

Insurance Co. Name

Year
1991

Make
Buick - BUIC

Model
REG

Style
4D

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
2000

Initial Travel Direction
1 - North

Vehicle Action
01 - Movement essentially straight

Speed Limit
55

Point of Initial Impact
01 - Front

Most Damaged Area
01 - Front

Extent of Damage
5 - Severe, vehicle totaled

Underride/Override
1 - None

Total Occupants
01

Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present

Vehicle Config.
01 - Passenger car

Cargo Body Type
01 - Not applicable

Vehicle Defect
01 - None

Driver Condition
1 - Apparently normal

Vision Obscured
06 - Hillcrest

Contributing Circumstances, Driver (up to 2)

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

First Event
06 - Evasive action (swerve, panic braking, etc.)

Second Event
04 - Crossed centerline/median

Third Event

Fourth Event

Most Harmful Event (by vehicle)
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Emergency Vehicle Type
1 - Not applicable

Emergency Status
3 - Not Applicable

Carrier Name

City

State

Zip

Number of Axles

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

Placard #

Hazardous Materials Released?

 

U
N
I
T

2

Driver's Name - Last
BESCH

First
MARK

Middle
ROBERT

Suffix

City
WEST BEND

State
IA - Iowa, US

Zip
50597

Driver's Age
45

Citation Charge Code 1
321.445

Citation Charge 1
FAIL TO WEAR/MAINTAIN SAFETY BELTS

Gender
Male

State
IA - Iowa, US

Class
C - Non-commercial vehicle or commercial Veh w/26000 GVWR or less & either 16 Pass Design or Hazmat

Endorsements
None

Restrictions

None

Citation Charge Code 2

Citation Charge 2

Alcohol Test Given?
1 - None

Drug Test Given?
1 - None

Citation Charge Code 3

Citation Charge 3

Citation Charge Code 4

Citation Charge 4

Seating Position
01 - Front: Left Side / Motorcycle Driver

Injury Status
3 - Non-incapacitating

Occupant Protection
1 - None used

Airbag Deployment
1 - Deployed front of person

Airbag Switch Status
1 - Switch in ON position

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path

Trapped
1 - Not trapped

Transported to:
PALO ALTO CO. HOSP.

Transported by:
WEST BEND AMB.

Insurance Co. Name

Year
2003

Make
Chevrolet - CHEV

Model
SLV

Style
PK

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
10000

Initial Travel Direction
3 - South

Vehicle Action
01 - Movement essentially straight

Speed Limit
55

Point of Initial Impact
01 - Front

Most Damaged Area
01 - Front

Extent of Damage
5 - Severe, vehicle totaled

Underride/Override
1 - None

Total Occupants
01

Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present

Vehicle Config.
02 - Four-tire light truck (pick-up, panel)

Cargo Body Type
01 - Not applicable

Vehicle Defect
01 - None

Driver Condition
1 - Apparently normal

Vision Obscured
06 - Hillcrest

Contributing Circumstances, Driver (up to 2)

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

First Event
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Second Event

Third Event

Fourth Event

Most Harmful Event (by vehicle)
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Emergency Vehicle Type
1 - Not applicable

Emergency Status
3 - Not Applicable

Carrier Name

City

State

Zip

Number of Axles

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

Placard #

Hazardous Materials Released?

 

ACCIDENT ENVIRONMENT

ROADWAY CHARACTERISTICS
Major Contributing Circumstances:

WORKZONE RELATED?

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

Location of First Harmful Event
1 - On Roadway

Weather Conditions (up to two)
01 - Clear

Environment
1 - None apparent

Location

First Harmful Event of Crash (use codes 11-42 only)
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Manner of Crash/Collision
2 - Head-on

Roadway
01 - None apparent

Type

Light Conditions
1 - Daylight

Surface Conditions
6

Type of Roadway Junction/Feature
01 - No special feature

Workers Present?

 

D
I
A
G
R
A
M

0

 

 

NARRATIVE


AT APPROXIMATELY 1253 HRS ON 12-27-10 THOMAS JOSEPH LICHTER OF BURT, IA WAS DRIVING A 1991 BUICK REGAL NORTH BOUND ON 540TH AVE, A GRAVEL ROAD, APPROXIMATELY .6 MILES SOUTH OF COUNTY ROAD B55 IN PALO ALTO CO. LICHTER WAS DELIVERING MAIL AND WAS DRIVING FROM THE PASSENGER SIDE OF THE VEHICLE. AT THAT SAME TIME, MARK ROBERT BESCH OF RODMAN, IA. WAS SOUTH BOUND ON 540TH AVE, DRIVING A 2003 CHEVY SILVERALDO PICKUP. THE VEHICLES MET AT A HILL CREST AND COLLIDED IN A NEAR HEAD-ON MANNER. RICHTER WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. BESCH WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE PALO ALTO CO. HOSPITAL. THERE WERE NO OTHER PASSENGERS IN THE VEHICLES. THE COLLISION IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE IOWA STATE PATROL WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE PALO ALTO CO. SHERIFF DEPARTMENT. ALSO ASSISTING AT THE SCENE WAS EMMETSBURG AMBULANCE, WEST BEND AMBULANCE, AND THE RODMAN FIRE DEPARTMENT.

 

 

Officer
DROST

Badge No.
388

Time Officer Notified of Accident
12:59

Time Officer Arrived At Scene
13:34

Name of Agency
P06

Date of Report
12/27/2010

Investigation made at scene?
Yes

T.I. #

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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