The cause of the accident in this report is a failure to stop at a stop sign. According to the Iowa State Patrol report and news sources Kent Mills, Gregory Anderson and Michael McAfee were involved with Anderson being killed due to injuries in the collision. The focus of any personal injury suit or insurance claim will center on why the driver didn’t stop for the stop sign. First up will be toxicology reports for possible driving while under the influence, followed by texting or distracted driving.

Failing to stop at a stop sign is the legal cause, but what was the factual cause? The factual cause is where the focus of any claim, either insurance or by wrongful death suit and/or personal injury claim will be. Iowa personal injury lawyers who handle this type of claim will investigate the facts that ultimately determine why the driver failed to stop at a stop sign. Insurance will focus on establishing this collision was purely  an accident; while Iowa personal injury lawyers will focus on fault or negligence. Of course distracted driving and/or drunken driving are issues of fault used to establish negligence. A heart attack is under normal circumstances an accident without fault.

Here is a news report from Omaha.

Gregory Anderson, 31, of Chariton, was killed on Wednesday night, according to the Iowa State Patrol. The crash happened at an intersection between Dallas Center and Grimes.

The patrol says in a report that 23-year-old Michael James McAfee of Adel drove past the sign without stopping while heading west on 250th Street. A southbound vehicle on U Avenue sideswiped the car, and both ended up in a ditch.

McAfee was taken to a hospital with injuries.

The other driver, 58-year-old Kent Winslow Mills of Dallas Center, suffered injuries but was not taken to the hospital.

And from KJAN:

Two Central Iowans were injured and a man from southern Iowa was killed late Wednesday during a collision in the Dallas County town of Dallas Center. The Iowa State Patrol reports the drivers the vehicles, 23-year old Michael James McAfee, of Adel, and 58-year old Kent Winslow Mills, of Dallas Center, were injured. A passenger in one of the cars, 31-year old Gregory Dean Anderson, of Chariton, was killed.

Officials say a 1994 Buick Century driven by McAfee, was traveling west on 250th Street at around 10-p.m., when he failed to stop at the stop sign with U Avenue and was hit on the passenger side by Mills’ southbound 2009 Chevy Cobalt. After the collision, both vehicles came to rest in the southwest ditch, where the Century rolled onto its top.

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Minimal Crash Report:

 Case Number:

 2013036981

 Type:

 Fatality

 County:

 25

 Crash Date:

 07032013

 Time:

 2200

 Location:

 250TH ST AND U AVE

 Vehicle 1 Year:

 1994

 Make:

 BUIC

 Type:

 CENTURY

 Towed By:

 RICKS TOWING

 Driver Name:

 MCAFEE,MICHAEL JAMES

 Age:

 23

 City & State of Residence:

 ADEL,IA

 Vehicle 2 Year:

 2009

 Make:

 CHEV

 Type:

 COBALT

 Towed By:

 RICKS TOWING

 Driver Name:

 MILLS,KENT WINSLOW

 Age:

 58

 City & State of Residence:

 DALLAS CENTER,IA

 Injury 1 Type:

 Injured

 Name:

 MCAFEE,MICHAEL JAMES

 Age:

 23

 City & State of Residence:

 ADEL,IA

 seat belt Use:

  

 Life saved by seat belt:

  

 Transported To:

 MERCY HOSPITAL

 Transported By:

 MERCY ONE

 Injury 2 Type:

 Injured

 Name:

 MILLS,KENT WINSLOW

 Age:

 58

 City & State of Residence:

 DALLAS CENTER,IA

 seat belt Use:

 Yes

 Life saved by seat belt:

 Yes

 Transported To:

  

 Transported By:

  

 Injury 3 Type:

 Fatality

 Name:

 ANDERSON,GREGORY DEAN

 Age:

 31

 City & State of Residence:

 CHARITON,IA

 seat belt Use:

 Yes

 Life saved by seat belt:

 No

 Transported To:

 STATE LAB

 Transported By:

 DUNNS FUNERAL HOME

 Summary:

 

   

VEHICLE 1 WAS WESTBOUND ON 250TH STREET VEHICLE 2 WAS
SOUTHBOUND ON U AVE DRIVER OF VEH 1 FAILED TO STOP AT THE STOP
SIGN AND ENTERED THE INTERSECTION VEHICLE 2 STRUCK VEHICLE 1
ON THE PASSENGER SIDE VEHICLE 2 CAME TO REST IN THE SOUTHWEST
DITCH OF THE INTERSECTION VEHICLE 1 CAME TO REST ON ITS TOP IN
THE SOUTHWEST DITCH OF THE INTERSECTION WEST OF VEHICLE 2

 Officer Name:

 179 RIPPEY

 Post:

 01

 Assisted By:

 DALLAS COUNTY DALLA

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