If you’re going to stop on the roadway, the street, highway or the hard surface of any public thoroughfare, put on your emergency flashers. It’s not just the right thing to do, but the law may require it depending on the situation. This accident happened at 12:28 PM in Henry County on Highway 34 about 2.5 miles east of Mt. Pleasant. Both drivers are westbound, and the first is a semi-truck parked on the roadway. Was the reason one that made sense to stop and park on the road? It certainly wasn’t an emergency, that’s for sure. The report has the driver stopping for his own personal convenience to look at a truck for sale. Notice the law enforcement officer didn’t think it was even legal to stop there: Vehicle Action - 13 - Illegally Parked/unattended. It would appear he was issued a citation for illegal parking. The car coming from the rear is a 2009 Yukon SUV that runs into the back end of the first semi. A baby was killed in the collision. The driver also died. The officer notes an underride/override compartment intrusion which indicates there needs to be an investigation into the how and whys of the collision. Underride/Override - 6 - Override, parked/stationary vehicle.

Either driver can be found to be at-fault, but if I were the fact-finder, the one parked is the one I’d assign to fault.

Here is the Trooper’s description of the collision sequence: UNIT 01, A TRUCK TRACTOR/SEMI-TRAILER COMBINATION, WAS WESTBOUND ON HWY 34. DRIVER STOPPED AND PARKED HIS VEHICLE IN THE RIGHT LANE. DRIVER EXITED HIS VEHICLE IN ORDER TO LOOK AT A SEMI TRAILER THAT WAS FOR SALE NORTH OF THE ROADWAY. UNIT 02 WAS WESTBOUND ON HWY 34. THE FRONT OF UNIT 02 STRUCK THE REAR OF UNIT 01. BOTH VEHICLES CAME TO REST NEAR THE IMPACT LOCATION. THE NORTH SHOULDER WAS ADEQUATE FOR A SEMI TO PULL ONTO. THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK TRACTOR WAS: AHMET MAHALBASIC 1315 RAVENWOOD RD #4 WATERLOO, IA 50702 DL#:731-YY-2260

Crash Information


 

 

L
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A
T
I
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N

Date of Accident
7/1/2012

Time of Accident 
12:28 PM

County
Henry - 44

Accident occurred within corporate limits of (city)

Law Enforcement Case Number:
2012036478

Literal Description 
HWY 34 2.5 MILES EAST OF MT PLEASANT

Legal Intervention?
No

Private Property?
No

X-Coordinate:
628057.7

Y-Coordinate
4533833.

 

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T

1

Driver's Name - Last

First

Middle

Suffix

City

State

Zip

Driver's Age

Citation Charge Code 1

Citation Charge 1

Gender

State

Class

Endorsements
None

Restrictions

None

Citation Charge Code 2

Citation Charge 2

Alcohol Test Given?

Drug Test Given?

Citation Charge Code 3

Citation Charge 3

Citation Charge Code 4

Citation Charge 4

Seating Position

Injury Status

Occupant Protection

Airbag Deployment

Airbag Switch Status

Ejection

Ejection Path

Trapped

Transported to:

Transported by:

Insurance Co. Name
UNITED TRANSPORTATION & LOGISITICS

Year
2003

Make
Volvo - VOLV

Model

Style
TRUCK TRACTOR

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
10000

Initial Travel Direction
4 - West

Vehicle Action
13 - Illegally Parked/unattended

Speed Limit
65

Point of Initial Impact
05 - Rear

Most Damaged Area
05 - Rear

Extent of Damage
4 - Disabling damage

Underride/Override
6 - Override, parked/stationary vehicle

Total Occupants
0

Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present

Vehicle Config.
09 - Tractor/semi-trailer

Cargo Body Type
02 - Van/enclosed box

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
UNITED TRANSPORTATION & LOGISITICS

City
WATERLOO

State
IA - Iowa, US

Zip
50701

Number of Axles
5

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
68000

Placard #

Hazardous Materials Released?
2 - No

 

U
N
I
T

2

Driver's Name - Last
HAGEN

First
STERLING

Middle
ZACHARIAS

Suffix

City
WEST BURLINGTON

State
IA - Iowa, US

Zip
52655

Driver's Age
23

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

None

Citation Charge Code 2

Citation Charge 2

Alcohol Test Given?
2 - Blood

Drug Test Given?
2 - Blood

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
3 - No ON/OFF switch present

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path

Trapped
3 - Extricated by mechanical means

Transported to:
HENRY COUNTY HEALTH CENTER

Transported by:
HENRY COUNTY AMBULANCE

Insurance Co. Name

Year
1999

Make
General Motors - GMC

Model
YUKON

Style
SUV

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
5000

Initial Travel Direction
4 - West

Vehicle Action
01 - Movement essentially straight

Speed Limit
65

Point of Initial Impact
01 - Front

Most Damaged Area
09 - Top

Extent of Damage
5 - Severe, vehicle totaled

Underride/Override
2 - Underride, compartment intrusion

Total Occupants
02

Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present

Vehicle Config.
04 - Sport utility vehicle

Cargo Body Type
01 - Not applicable

Vehicle Defect
99 - Unknown

Driver Condition
1 - Apparently normal

Vision Obscured
01 - Not obscured

Contributing Circumstances, Driver (up to 2)

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

First Event
23 - Parked motor vehicle

Second Event

Third Event

Fourth Event

Most Harmful Event (by vehicle)
23 - Parked motor vehicle

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?

 

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)
02 - Partly cloudy

Environment
1 - None apparent

Location

First Harmful Event of Crash (use codes 11-42 only)
23 - Parked motor vehicle

Manner of Crash/Collision
3 - Rear-end

Roadway
01 - None apparent

Type

Light Conditions
1 - Daylight

Surface Conditions
1

Type of Roadway Junction/Feature
01 - No special feature

Workers Present?

 

P
E
R
S
O
N

I
N
J
U
R
E
D

Name- Last
ETKA

First
EVA

Middle
BIJOU

Suffix

City

State

Zip Code

Age
2

Sex
Female

Unit No.
02

Seating Position
06 - Center: Right Side

Injury Status
1 - Fatal

Occupant Protection
5 - Child safety seat used

Airbag Deployment
6 - Not applicable

Airbag Switch Status
3 - No ON/OFF switch present

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path
1 - Not ejected/not applicable

Trapped
1 - Not trapped

Transported to:
HENRY COUNTY HEALTH CENTER

Transported by:
HENRY COUNTY AMBULANCE

NON-MOTORIST

Type

Location

Action

Condition

Safety Equipment

Contributing Circumstances

Unit No. of Vehicle Striking

                         

 

D
I
A
G
R
A
M

0

 

 

NARRATIVE


UNIT 01, A TRUCK TRACTOR/SEMI-TRAILER COMBINATION, WAS WESTBOUND ON HWY 34. DRIVER STOPPED AND PARKED HIS VEHICLE IN THE RIGHT LANE. DRIVER EXITED HIS VEHICLE IN ORDER TO LOOK AT A SEMI TRAILER THAT WAS FOR SALE NORTH OF THE ROADWAY. UNIT 02 WAS WESTBOUND ON HWY 34. THE FRONT OF UNIT 02 STRUCK THE REAR OF UNIT 01. BOTH VEHICLES CAME TO REST NEAR THE IMPACT LOCATION. THE NORTH SHOULDER WAS ADEQUATE FOR A SEMI TO PULL ONTO. THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK TRACTOR WAS: AHMET MAHALBASIC 1315 RAVENWOOD RD #4 WATERLOO, IA 50702 DL#:731-YY-2260

 

 

Officer
WESTER

Badge No.
105

Time Officer Notified of Accident
12:30

Time Officer Arrived At Scene
12:44

Name of Agency
P13

Date of Report
7/3/2012

Investigation made at scene?
Yes

T.I. #

 

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