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In an accident in Palo Alto County on March 5th, 2012 the driver that died was driving a car, is reported to cross the center line and run head-on into a semi truck. The accident’s causes remains under investigation and so we can conclude nothing, except the driver for some reason lost control of his car that has led to his demise.

Trooper’s Narrative:

ON MARCH 5, 2012 AT APPROXIMATELY 7:42 A.M. - UNIT 1A BEIGE 2001 OLDSMOBILE ALERO DRIVEN BY RONNIE WILLIAM MENNEKE, AGE 47, FROM ALGONA, IA WAS WESTBOUND ON HWY 18 AT APPROXIMATELY THE 116 MILE MARKER. FOR AN UNKNOWN REASON HIS VEHICLE CROSSED THE CENTER LINE CAUSING A HEAD-ON COLLISION WITH UNIT 2 A EASTBOUND 2010 FREIGHTLINER DRIVEN BY CRAIG MITCHELL KLATT, AGE 39 FROM SHELDON, IA. MR. MENNEKE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. MR. KLATT WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE EMMETSBURG HOSPITAL BY THE PALO ALTO COUNTY AMBULANCE, WHERE HE WAS LATER TREATED AND RELEASED. THE IOWA STATE PATROL WAS ASSISTED ON THE SCENE BY THE PALO ALTO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, PALO ALTO COUNTY MEDICS, EMMETSBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, CYLINDER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. THIS COLLISION IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE IOWA STATE PATROL.

 Crash Information

 

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Date of Accident
3/5/2012

Time of Accident 
07:42 AM

County
Palo Alto - 74

Accident occurred within corporate limits of (city)
Law Enforcement Case Number:
2012013680

Literal Description 
HWY 18 AT THE 116 MM

Legal Intervention?
No

Private Property?
No

X-Coordinate:
376652.2

Y-Coordinate
4771146.


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Driver's Name - Last
MENNEKE

First
RONNIE

Middle
WILLIAM

Suffix
City
ALGONA

State
IA - Iowa, US

Zip
50511

Driver's Age
47

Citation Charge Code 1
Citation Charge 1
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

B - Cor Lenses

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
1 - Fatal

Occupant Protection
2 - Shoulder and lap belt used

Airbag Deployment
1 - Deployed front of person

Airbag Switch Status
1 - Switch in ON position

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path
Trapped
3 - Extricated by mechanical means

Transported to:
Transported by:
Insurance Co. Name
Year
2001

Make
Oldsmobile - OLDS

Model
ALERO

Style
4D

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
10000

Initial Travel Direction
4 - West

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
1

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
01 - Not obscured

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?

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2

Driver's Name - Last
KLATT

First
CRAIG

Middle
MITCHELL

Suffix
City
SHELDON

State
IA - Iowa, US

Zip
51201

Driver's Age
39

Citation Charge Code 1
Citation Charge 1
Gender
Male

State
IA - Iowa, US

Class
A - Veh w/26001 GVWR or more Towed unit is 10001 GVWR or more

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
2 - Incapacitating

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:
EMMETSBURG HOSPITAL

Transported by:
PALO ALTO COUNTY MEDICS

Insurance Co. Name
J T TRUCKING INC

Year
2010

Make
Model
Style
TR

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
65000

Initial Travel Direction
2 - East

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
1

Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present

Vehicle Config.
08 - Truck/tractor (bobtail)

Cargo Body Type
01 - Not applicable

Vehicle Defect
01 - None

Driver Condition
1 - Apparently normal

Vision Obscured
01 - Not obscured

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
J T TRUCKING INC

City
SHELDON

State
IA - Iowa, US

Zip
51201

Number of Axles
3

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
80000

Placard #
Hazardous Materials Released?
2 - No


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)
03 - Cloudy

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
1

Type of Roadway Junction/Feature
01 - No special feature

Workers Present?

D
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0

 

NARRATIVE

ON MARCH 5, 2012 AT APPROXIMATELY 7:42 A.M. - UNIT 1A BEIGE 2001 OLDSMOBILE ALERO DRIVEN BY RONNIE WILLIAM MENNEKE, AGE 47, FROM ALGONA, IA WAS WESTBOUND ON HWY 18 AT APPROXIMATELY THE 116 MILE MARKER. FOR AN UNKNOWN REASON HIS VEHICLE CROSSED THE CENTER LINE CAUSING A HEAD-ON COLLISION WITH UNIT 2 A EASTBOUND 2010 FREIGHTLINER DRIVEN BY CRAIG MITCHELL KLATT, AGE 39 FROM SHELDON, IA. MR. MENNEKE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. MR. KLATT WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE EMMETSBURG HOSPITAL BY THE PALO ALTO COUNTY AMBULANCE, WHERE HE WAS LATER TREATED AND RELEASED. THE IOWA STATE PATROL WAS ASSISTED ON THE SCENE BY THE PALO ALTO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, PALO ALTO COUNTY MEDICS, EMMETSBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, CYLINDER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. THIS COLLISION IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE IOWA STATE PATROL.
 

Officer
HESSE

Badge No.
499

Time Officer Notified of Accident
07:49

Time Officer Arrived At Scene
08:24

Name of Agency
P06

Date of Report
3/5/2012

Investigation made at scene?
Yes

T.I. #

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