Clarke County, Iowa on October 28, 2016 on Highway 69 at the 38th mile marker. The northbound Ford F-150 pickup truck attempted to turn left (west) into a driveway and did right in the path of a southbound Crown Victoria heading in the opposite direction. Time was at 5:47 PM involved a Vincent Marks of Wichita, Kansas and Eric Wallace of Van Meter. Both were taken by ambulance to the Clarke County Hospital and to Methodist Hospital.  From KJAN, FM 101.1 comes this report: “Three people were hurt during a collision Friday evening in southern Iowa’s Clarke County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 32-year old Eric Glen Wallace, of Van Wert, 25-year old Christina Lynn Chandavong and 22-year old Vincent Oscar Marks, both of Wichita, KS, were transported to a hospital. Chandavong and Marks were taken to the Clarke County Hospital, while Wallace was transported to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.”
The last accident I’ll cover today happened on October 18, 2016 in Lee County, Iowa on Highway 2. One car was traveling west and the other east. Apparently the 2016 Chevrolet Spark heading east and being driven by an 18-year-old crossed the center line colliding with the westbound 1999 Lincoln Town Car being driven by a 75-year-old woman who died in the ensuing collision. Terrible really, she more than likely leaves behind a family with a lot of question that the Iowa State Patrol’s investigation may or may not answer.
Thirty-five years of practicing law involving wrongful death and personal injury claims teaches you a thing or two about people and the situations they find themselves in after a bad accident that takes a love one away from them. Not many answers, but a whole lot of question that linger as the years go by. Years add up, questions accumulate and nothing seems to satisfy the struggle. Maybe that’s why I see make-shift shrines along the highway. I never could understand them or the people who erect them. Because it’s really not the moment the person dies that is as important as is the days that make up a person’s life. I always thought a person's history is their testiment to their lives and no make-shift cross on the side of the road can match the good they do while in life. How do you memoralize it? I have few answers on that one. Perhaps a contribution to the Mt. Rushmore Memorial. Maybe that's a better answer.
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