As our office prepares to mediate an intersection motorcycle collision this story came back to mind. The first time I read the story it struck me as odd. I wondered how the entry point of a construction area on a US Highway, US-52, could be safe if it could cause a rider to lose control and crash. Simply seems illogical. From the ISP report the trooper does show the driver was checked for being either under the influence of alcohol or drugs or medications. See the driver condition box. The female passenger is shown to have died.

“Passenger Trish Taylor, 44, of Hawkeye died of her injuries. Motorcycle driver Jay Jermier, 45, of Decorah was injured and hospitalized.” Source, see below.

Iowa State Trooper’s Narrative: VEHICLE 1 WAS NORTH BOUND ON HIGHWAY 52. HIGHWAY 52 WAS UNDERCOSTRUCTION. A BLACKTOP MAT WAS INPROGRESS. THE NORTH BOUND LANE WAS 2" HIGH THAN THE SOUTH BOUND LANE. THERE WERE SIGNS ADVISING THAT THERE WERE UNEVEN LANES. VEHICLE 1 DROPPED OFF THE NORTH BOUND LANE INTO THE SOUTH BOUND LANE. VEHICLE 1 ATTEMPTED TO RETURN TO THE NORTH BOUND LANE LOST CONTROL AND OVERTURNED THROWING THE PASSENGER AND THE DRIVER OFF THE MOTORCYCLE.

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