The Stop Sign: Failing to pay attention can be deadly

This accident occurs because, according to the report, one driver failed to stop at a stop sign and yield the right of way. Pretty much a no-brainer, but there may be extenuating circumstances not shown in the accident report. Here is what Trooper Neely wrote for his narrative:
VEH 1 WAS NORTHBOUND ON EDDYVILLE RD, VEH 2 WAS EASTBOUND ON HWY 63, VEH 1 FAILED TO YIELD RIGHT OF WAY FROM STOP SIGN OF EDDYVILLE RD, PULLING INTO THE PATH OF VEH 2, VEH WAS STRUCK IN LEFT DRIVERS DOOR & BOTH VEH CAME TO REST IN THE MEDIAN, ASSISTED AT SCENE BY WAPELLO CO SO, WAPELLO CO RURAL FIRE AND ORMIX
Now let us analyze it. According to the report the 87 year old driver, Winfred Douglas is driving northbound on Eddyville Road, comes to the intersection of Highway 63 and for some reason doesn’t yield to the oncoming traffic on Highway 63. He pulls right out into the path of Dennis Cockayne. Douglas gets hit right in the driver’s side door and is killed. In the other car a 14-year-old is injured along with the driver. A simple mistake can have very serious consequences.
Minimal Crash Report:
 Case Number:  2012015932  Type:  Fatality  County:  90
 Crash Date:  03162012  Time:  1024
 Location:  EDDYVILLE RD AND HWY 63
 
 Vehicle 1 Year:  2006  Make:  CHEV  Type:  IMPALA 4 DOOR
 Towed By:  DERAN'S OF OTTUMWA
 Driver Name:  WINFRED NEIL DOUGLASS  Age:  87
 City & State of Residence:  WEST DES MOINES, IA
 
 Vehicle 2 Year:  2008  Make:  DODG  Type:  AVENGER 4 DOOR
 Towed By:  DERAN'S OF OTTUMWA
 Driver Name:  DENNIS L COCKAYNE JR  Age:  42
 City & State of Residence:  DES MOINES, IA
 
 Injury 1 Type:  Fatality
 Name:  WINFRED NEIL DOUGLASS  Age:  87
 City & State of Residence:  WEST DES MOINES, IA
 seat belt Use:  Yes  Life saved by seat belt:  No
 Transported To:  IA STATE MEDICAL EXA  Transported By:  REECE FUNERAL HOME
 
 Injury 2 Type:  Injured
 Name:  DENNIS L COCKAYNE JR  Age:  42
 City & State of Residence:  DES MOINES, IA
 seat belt Use:  Yes  Life saved by seat belt:  Yes
 Transported To:  ORHC  Transported By:  ORMIX
 
 Injury 3 Type:  Injured
 Name:  LAURA COCKAYNE  Age:  14
 City & State of Residence:  DES MOINES, IA
 seat belt Use:  Yes  Life saved by seat belt:  Yes
 Transported To:  ORHC  Transported By:  ORMIX
 
 
 Summary:  
    VEH 1 WAS NORTHBOUND ON EDDYVILLE RD, VEH 2 WAS EASTBOUND ON HWY 63, VEH 1 FAILED TO YIELD RIGHT OF WAY FROM STOP SIGN OF EDDYVILLE RD, PULLING INTO THE PATH OF VEH 2, VEH WAS STRUCK IN LEFT DRIVERS DOOR & BOTH VEH CAME TO REST IN THE MEDIAN, ASSISTED AT SCENE BY WAPELLO CO SO, WAPELLO CO RURAL FIRE AND ORMIX
 
 Officer Name:  TRP JASON NEELY  Post:  13
 Assisted By:  SGT ROB BORELLI

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
2 Comments
Elsa: Thank you for the correction. Steve Lombardi
by Steve Lombardi March 21, 2012 at 02:32 PM
A correction to your post of 3/19 ... Winfred Douglass was a man.
by Elsa March 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM
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