Iowa Fatal Accidents Compendium for Apr. 18, 2016

Man Succumbs to Injuries from Hit and Run Accident, One Man Jailed

Des Moines, Iowa - Constantino Ayala, 37, was found injured and bleeding on the roadway near the 5600 block of Southwest 9th Street on April 6th. Ayala, a pedestrian, was the victim of a hit and run accident. He was transported to a Des Moines hospital with multiple broken bones and other injuries. The driver who neglected to stop, alleged to be 21-year-old Ray Sangster, was initially charged with leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. He met bail and was released from jail on Saturday. On Tuesday, April 12th, Ayala succumbed to his injuries. Sangster was jailed again on April 14th, with bail now set at $100,000. [Polk County, Iowa]

“Police say 21-year-old Ray Alexander Sangster hit Constantino Ayala with his car on Southwest 9th Street last week.” WHO-TV 13

Man Arrested After Death of Passenger in a Single Car Crash

Scott County, Iowa: According to a news report on WQAD-8, Quad Cities, Bret Schaefbauer, 19, was driving a Chevy Cruse on S. Buttermilk Road, just north of Slopertown Road on April 7th when he drove into a ditch and hit a culvert. Mitchell Hayes, 18, was not wearing a seatbelt and was killed in the accident. Schaefbauer and another passenger were transported via ambulance to a local hospital. Schaefbauer was determined to be driving under the influence and was taken to jail on April 13th. He was released on $25,000 bond.

Woman Dies in Single Vehicle Accident

Clayton County, Iowa - Another single-vehicle accident took the life of an Arlington woman. Seanalee Bailey, 21, was traveling north on Highway 52 at around 3:38 a.m. on April 10th when she lost control of her truck just north of Estes Point Road. Seanalee was ejected from the truck as it careened into a ditch and rolled over. Emergency personnel were dispatched and pronounced Ms. Bailey dead at the scene of the accident. The accident remains under investigation. (KCRG-TV9) 

Iowa Man Dies During a Police Chase

A Linn County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over David Aaron Janish, 32, for a traffic violation at approximately 3:30 pm on April 11th. Janish allegedly attempted to avoid the police by traveling on various roads throughout Linn and Benton Counties. After about 15 minutes, he lost control of his Chevy Cruze and hit a tree head-on. Janish and a 36-year-old passenger were wearing seat belts. Janish died from his injuries while the other man was transported via ambulance to a local hospital. A 21-year-old female passenger was transported via helicopter to an area hospital. She had not been wearing a seat belt.

One Seriously Injured in Three Car Accident in Mills County

Jeremy Allan Marvel, 40, was seriously injured in a car crash on April 12th in Mills County. Marvel had stopped at Highway 34 and 288th Street. As he waited to turn left, a vehicle driven by Julia Nelson applied her brakes and moved to the right of Marvel’s car to try to avoid an accident. A semi was unable to stop in time and collided with both Marvel’s car and Nelson’s car. The semi, driven by Keith Ratkovec, 60, of Brainerd, Nebraska, pushed Marvel’s car off the roadway and into a ditch. Marvel was transported via LifeNet for treatment of his injuries.

Minimal Crash Report:

 Case Number:

 2016009390

 Type:

 Personal Injury

 County:

 65

 Crash Date:

 04122016

 Time:

 1817

 Location:

 HIGHWAY 34 AND 288TH

 

 Vehicle 1 Year:

 2003

 Make:

 PTRB

 Type:

 SEMI

 Towed By:

 DARNOLDS TOWING

 Driver Name:

 KEITH A RATKOVEC

 Age:

 60

 City & State of Residence:

 BRAINARD,NB

 

 Vehicle 2 Year:

 2014

 Make:

 VOLK

 Type:

 GOLF

 Towed By:

 NOT TOWED

 Driver Name:

 JULIA NELSON

 Age:

 41

 City & State of Residence:

 RED OAK,IA

 

 Vehicle 3 Year:

 2007

 Make:

 CHEV

 Type:

 PICKUP

 Towed By:

 DARNOLDS TOWING

 Driver Name:

 JEREMY ALLEN MARVEL

 Age:

 40

 City & State of Residence:

 GLENWOOD,IA

 

 Injury 1 Type:

 Injured

 Name:

 JEREMY ALLEN MARVEL

 Age:

 40

 City & State of Residence:

 GLENWOOD,IA

 Seatbelt Use:

 Yes

 Life saved by Seatbelt:

 Yes

 Transported To:

 UNMC

 Transported By:

 LIFENET

Summary:

 

   

UNIT 3 HAD STOPPED AT HWY 34 & 288TH BLVD FACING EB AND WAS WAITING TO
TURNING LEFT,UNIT 2 WAS EB ON 34 AND TOOK EVASIVE ACTION BY BRAKING AND
PASSING UNIT 3 ON THE RIGHT,UNIT 1 WAS UNABLE TO STOP AND STRUCK UNIT 2
AND 3, UNIT 1 CLIPPED THE LEFT REAR PORTION OF UNIT 2 PUSHING IT OFF THE
ROAD INTO THE S DITCH UNIT 1 THEN CONTINUED EAST AND STRUCK UNIT 3 FROM
BEHIND PUSHING IT INTO THE NORTH DITCH,DRIVERS OF UNIT 1 $ 2 WERE

 

 Officer Name:

 TROOPER DUDNEY # 53

 Post:

 03

 Assisted By:

 422,55,412,423, MILL

One Teenager Killed, Two Others Injured in Single Car Accident

Alexis Wilde, 15, of Sioux City died on April 13th in a single car accident. She and Marcus Evert, 15, were passengers in a car driven by Morgan Myers, also 15. Morgan Myers had borrowed the car from a friend and reportedly does not have a driver’s license. The accident occurred around 6 pm, as Myers reportedly lost control of the vehicle on a gravel road near 28th Street. Evert and Myers were both treated for minor injuries. Wilde was transported to Mercy Medical Center where she died from her injuries.

Man Dies After Vehicle Plows Through Guardrail, Into Creek

Collin William Tesdall, 57, of Ames died on Thursday morning after he lost control of his minivan. Tesdall had been driving on a gravel road near Stratford when his Dodge Grand Caravan careened off the road and through a guardrail over Squaw Creek. His minivan broke through the guardrail and became partially submerged. Emergency personnel pronounced Tesdall dead at the scene.

Three Killed in Head-On Crash near Tabor

Three people were killed and another was injured in a head-on crash near Tabor around 3:45 pm Thursday, April 14th. A 70-year-old woman was traveling the wrong way on Highway 50 when she crashed head-on with a minivan going the right way. The 70-year-old woman, a 48-year-old man driving the van, and a 12-year-old passenger in the van all died from their injuries. A 14-year-old passenger in the van suffered serious injuries. The names of those killed have not yet been released. An investigation is ongoing.

Minnesota Man Injured in Interstate 80 Accident

Scott D. Kerling, 40, of Northfield, Minnesota, was driving east on Interstate 80 around 2 pm on Friday, April 15th. He suffered a medical emergency and ran off the road into a ravine. He suffered injuries in the accident and was transported to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs.

Man Struck by Train, Killed

Forrest Michael Duncan, 39, of Grinnell died after being struck by a train in the early hours of Saturday, April 16th. His body was found on the Iowa Interstate Railroad near Pearl Street. The medical examiner pronounced him dead. The incident is under investigation.

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