The passenger in the Ford Ranger died following an accident on I-235. Facts show one of the other driver’s was arrested for driving while intoxicated and the accident is being investigated to see witness statements of drivers racing can be confirmed. If that is confirmed this is a completely different case both civilly and criminally. Civilly the estate for Anita Gummert will be entitled to punitive damages. Read the story here, Woman dies after Sunday crash on I-235; police still reconstructing accident, Des Moines Register from June 14, 2012.
“The driver of the Maxima, Lucas Isleman, 28, of Des Moines, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. An accident report says witnesses thought the Maxima was going at least 80 mph when Isleman sideswiped the truck as he tried to change lanes and lost control.”