As a lawyer I’ve seen my share of pedestrian-car personal injury accidents over the past 30-years. It’s not unusual to see broken legs, arms, ruptured discs along with traumatic brain damage after suffering a head injury. There is another pedestrian-car accident in Cerro Gordo County at the intersection of S4th Street and N4th Street and Main Avenue at 9:20 a.m. on April 3, 2012 in Clear Lake. The pedestrian was 73-years-old and the driver of the GMC Sierra Truck is 87.
Crash Information

 

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Date of Accident
4/3/2012

Time of Accident 
09:29 AM

County
Cerro Gordo - 17

Accident occurred within corporate limits of (city)
Clear Lake - 1372

Law Enforcement Case Number:
2012019331

Literal Description 
S 4TH ST and N 4TH ST and MAIN AVE

Legal Intervention?
No

Private Property?
No

X-Coordinate:
469013.2

Y-Coordinate
4776045.


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1

Driver's Name - Last
CHRISTENSEN

First
MAX

Middle
EUGENE

Suffix
City
CLEAR LAKE

State
IA - Iowa, US

Zip
50428

Driver's Age
87

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?
3 - Urine

Drug Test Given?
3 - Urine

Citation Charge Code 3
Citation Charge 3
Citation Charge Code 4
Citation Charge 4
Seating Position
01 - Front: Left Side / Motorcycle Driver

Injury Status
9 - Unknown

Occupant Protection
2 - Shoulder and lap belt used

Airbag Deployment
5 - Not deployed

Airbag Switch Status
3 - No ON/OFF switch present

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path
Trapped
1 - Not trapped

Transported to:
Transported by:
Insurance Co. Name
Year
1998

Make
General Motors - GMC

Model
SIERRA

Style
TRUCK

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
0

Initial Travel Direction
3 - South

Vehicle Action
03 - Turning right

Speed Limit
25

Point of Initial Impact
01 - Front

Most Damaged Area
Extent of Damage
1 - None

Underride/Override
1 - None

Total Occupants
1

Traffic Controls
04 - Stop signs

Vehicle Config.
02 - Four-tire light truck (pick-up, panel)

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
13 - Other non-collision

Second Event
20 - Non-motorist (see non-motorist type)

Third Event
Fourth Event
Most Harmful Event (by vehicle)
20 - Non-motorist (see non-motorist type)

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)
20 - Non-motorist (see non-motorist type)

Manner of Crash/Collision
1 - Non-collision

Roadway
01 - None apparent

Type
Light Conditions
1 - Daylight

Surface Conditions
1

Type of Roadway Junction/Feature
11 - Four-way intersection

Workers Present?

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N

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Name- Last
MAHAFFEY

First
CAROLYN

Middle
GLEE

Suffix
City
State
Zip Code
Age
73

Sex
Female

Unit No.
Seating Position
15 - Pedestrian

Injury Status
1 - Fatal

Occupant Protection
Airbag Deployment
Airbag Switch Status
Ejection
Ejection Path
Trapped
Transported to:
MERCY MEDICAL MASON CITY

Transported by:
CLEAR LAKE AMBULANCE

NON-MOTORIST
Type
1 - Pedestrian

Location
1 - Marked crosswalk at intersection

Action
1 - Entering or crossing roadway

Condition
1 - Apparently normal

Safety Equipment
4 - None

Contributing Circumstances
88 - Other (explain in narrative)

Unit No. of Vehicle Striking
1

                         

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0

 

NARRATIVE

VEH 1 WAS STOPPED AT THE INTERSECTION OF N 4TH ST AND MAIN AVE IN CLEAR LAKE. THE PEDESTRIAN WAS ATTEMPTING TO CROSS N 4TH ST TO THE EAST. VEH 1 ENTERED THE INTERSECTION AND ATTEMPTED TO TURN WEST. WHILE IN THE INTERSECTION VEH 1 STRUCK THE PEDESTRIAN.
 

Officer
PALAS

Badge No.
265

Time Officer Notified of Accident
10:00

Time Officer Arrived At Scene
10:03

Name of Agency
P08

Date of Report
4/3/2012

Investigation made at scene?
Yes

T.I. #
Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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