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Iowa Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes - Motorcycles, ATV's, Cars & Trucks - And it's only September 4th

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

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9/4/2016
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It’s only September 4, 2016 and already we have another eight fatalities in as many counties. If this is the way September begins I will hate to see the next three weeks while school starts. Let’s take a look at what the ISP reports today.

1.    A crash occurred in Des Moines County on September 3, 2016

This collision is simply one of being left of center, aka, crossing the center line. In similar cases the questions revolve first around the blood work (to see if a driver had been under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even prescription drugs), then the passenger is interviewed to determine what that person can tell the officers about the driver’s whereabouts before the collision and the driver’s focus on his driving. If a cell phone was found in the car the call records will be obtained from the cellphone carrier. The idea is to see if the driver was texting or on a phone call at the time of the collision. Cooper from Sperry, Iowa and Raeburn Schuyler from Dearborn, Michigan. Motorcycle vs Trailblazer. √

VEHICLE 1 WAS SOUTHBOUND IN THE 1200 BLOCK OF MADISON AVE WHEN IT CROSSED THE CENTERLINE AND STRUCK THE NORTHBOUND VEHICLE 2
OFFICER NAME: ISP 260 TRP WHITE. POST: 13
ASSISTED BY: ISP 31 482 491 77 BURLINGTON PD AND FD 

 

2.    A crash occurred in Washington County on September 3, 2016 √

In this ATV accident the passenger appears to have died. Elizabeth Lenton of Kalona was reported to be riding on an ATV wherein the driver lost control for reasons not explained. The ATV rolled ejecting both riders.
THE ATV WAS BEING OPERATED ON PRIVATE LAND WHEN FOR UNKOWN REASONS THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL AND ROLLED EJECTING BOTH RIDERS ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION CHARGES PENDING
OFFICER NAME: ISP 77 TRP GENT. POST: 13
ASSISTED BY: ISP 461 482 AND WASHINGTON CO EMS AND SHERIFFS OFF.

3.    A crash occurred in Clayton County on September 1, 2016 √
It appears from the accident description that a school bus being driven by a Charlotte Scherer turned left attempting to enter Lace Avenue from her northbound direction on Great River Road. This would require her turning left of center and right into the path of Ronald John Kephart who died in the collision. The ISP report does not indicate who was cited although from my experience anytime you turn left of center directly into the path of an oncoming vehicle you are going to be ticketed.

Trooper’s Summary: VEH NUMBER ONE WAS TRAVELING SOUTH ON GREAT RIVER ROAD AND STRUCK VEH NUMBER TWO THAT WAS TURNING WEST ONTO LACE AVE FROM GREAT RIVER ROAD ASSISTED BY CLAYTON COUTY SHERIFFS OFFICE GUTTENBERG POLICE DEPT OFFICER NAME: IOWA STATE PATROL TROOPER CHRIS JANSSEN 326 . POST: 10
ASSISTED BY: SEE SUMMARY 

4.    A crash occurred in Scott County on September 1, 2016 √

The person who died from this accident is reported to be 62-year-old Willie Nathanial Holley, although the ISP report is not clear about how he may have been involved. The driver of the car was reported to be either 18 or 19 years of age. As can be seen from reading this KCCI-TV8 news article this is a serious accident with serious consequences and very serious questions about what caused the driver to veer into a work zone. Was this an attempt to elude the police who had picked up on a speeding car? Photographs available.

Officials ID construction worker killed in work zone crash, KCCI-TV8

“Officials say a deputy spotted the speeding car on Highway 61, but that it entered a work zone before she could pull it over. Investigators say the driver tried to exit the highway but careened into the construction area, hitting Holley, who was pronounced dead at a hospital. Authorities say 18-year-old Sebon Reese, of Davenport, was driving the car and that Reese's 1-year-old sister was also in the car.”

VEHICLE ONE WAS TRAVELING NORTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 61 AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED WHEN THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL ENTERED A CONSTRUCTION ZONE AND HIT AN EMPLOYEE AT HIGHWAY 61 AND COONHUNTERS RD - CRASH REMAINS UNDER
INVESTIGATION BY ISP
OFFICER NAME: TPR LUKE HANK ISP 123. POST: 12.  

5.    A crash occurred in Winneshiek County on August 31, 2016 √
A 29-year-old is reported to have died in this motorcycle-car accident on County Road W-40. The one car came across the center line and striking the southbound car being driven by Damien Johnson of Mabel, MN. Both drivers were from Mabel, MN. The driver of vehicle number one is noted to be 29 year-old Coty Vickerman of Mabel, Minnesota. The police report notes a loss of control by unit one, which of course is seldom an excuse worthy of a successful defense. The investigation always will concentrate on answering the question, “Why did you lose control?”
From the POST-BULLETIN: “The crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. on Winneshiek County Road W40 near 381st Street in Hesper, about six miles south of Mabel. According to the state patrol, Vickerman was northbound when he lost control of his motorcycle and went into the southbound lane, where he collided with a vehicle driven by Damien Michael Johnson, 20, of Mabel.”√

UNIT ONE WAS TRAVELING NORTH ON COUNTY ROAD W40 UNIT TWO WAS TRAVELING SOUTH ON COUNTY ROAD W40 UNIT ONE LOST CONTROL, ENTERED THE SOUTHBOUND LANE, AND COLLIDED WITH THE FRONT OF UNIT TWO, ACCIDENT IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION
OFFICER NAME: 312 TTRIMBLE . POST: 10.

6.    A crash occurred in Mahaska County on August 22, 2016 √

A 29-year-old is reported to have died in this rear-end collision. We just recently litigated and settled a rear-end collision case similar to this one where the rear-ended vehicle is said to have just pulled onto the highway. The allegation of course is that the vehicle entering the highway did not stop before entering and therefore did not have the right of way and the driver is at fault for the collision. Vehicle one is noted to being driven by 21-year-old Cody Kline of Cedar, Iowa. Number two by 56 year old William Stone. A 23-year-old passenger Amanda Simms is shown to have been the fatally injured person. The report notes no seatbelt was being used by her. Cody has his seatbelt on and was transferred to the hospital in Pella. Mr. Stone was driving a Peterbilt Semi and is not shown to have been injured. A few months ago I covered the rear under-ride bar on semi-truck trailers. See Semi-Truck Accidents and the Under-ride Bar. √

VEHICLE 1 WAS EASTBOUND ON HIGHWAY 163 WHEN IT COLLIDED WITH THE REAR OF VEHICLE 2, WHICH WAS ALSO EASTBOUND VEHICLE 2 HAD JUST ENTERED HIGHWAY 163 WHEN IT WAS STRUCK BY VEHICLE 1 EXCESSIVE SPEED IS BELIEVED TO BE A FACTOR AND THE CRASH IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION
OFFICER NAME: TROOPER BRIAN MEISLAHN . POST: 13.

7.    A crash occurred in Jackson County on August 22, 2016 √
In this accident the significant questions come down to who did what when and in which order. The most important part of this accident for any lawyer is to understand the sequence of events.  That’s because both vehicles were moving in the same direction and in the same lane of travel. So did the one pull out in front of the other or did the one to the rear simply not see the one in front, therefore plowing right into it? Answer that question and you know who is at fault. And so was it the faulty driving and lookout of McClain H. Bohach of Davenport or the inattention of John A. Manning? √

UNIT 1 WAS SOUTHBOUND ON HWY 61 UNIT 2 TURNED SOUTHBOUND ON HWY 61 AND WAS TRAVELLING IN LANE 1 INSIDE LANE, UNIT 1 COLLIDED WITH THE REAR OF UNIT 2 ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION, UPDATED RELEASE WITH NAMES BEING RELEASED.
OFFICER NAME: 460. POST: 12.

8.    A crash occurred in Webster County on August 20, 2016 √
In this car accident we have the Chevy Colorado traveling west on a dirt/gravel road. As he approaches the intersection of Highway 169 he’s supposed to stop. For whatever reason he doesn’t and crashes into the driver’s side of the Buick LaCross being driven by Brett Neal. The impact must have been severe enough to cause Mr. Neal to be pronounced dead at the scene.  Brett Neal was from West Des Moines, Iowa and Tanner Van Every from Gowrie. √

VEH 2 WAS SOUTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 169, VEH 1 WAS WESTBOUND ON 300TH ST A GRAVEL ROAD, VEH 1 FAILED TO STOP AND COLLIDED INTO THE DRIVER'S SIDE OF VEH 2; BOTH VEHS ENTERED INTO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE INTERSECTION, NEAL WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE, VEH 1 WAS ALSO OCCUPIED BY THREE SMALL CHILDREN, ALL TREATED AND RELEASED FOR MINOR INJURIES; THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION; ASSISTED BY GOWRIE/CALLENDAR FIRE DEPT, GOWRIE
 



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