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Why Investigating Right after the Accident is a Must

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

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10/10/2012
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Tracking the evidenceAllamkee County Accident on Iowa Highway 76

A head-on collision on Highway 76 in Allamakee is unexplained at this point. The witness who attached a log chain and pulled the first vehicle and pulled it away is to be congratulated for his heroic act. The report has the Hickman GMC Sonoma pickup truck coming across the center line. The State Medical Examiner’s autopsy report will show the results of the alcohol test for blood alcohol and that may be the only indication of why the center line was crossed.

So what do the Egan’s need to focus on at this point, or a lawyer they hire? The whereabouts of Hickman just prior to this collision is where the investigation needs to focus. The accident date and time are August 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm. The time is odd for drinking, although it’s a Sunday so that may indicate less oddity to this being a drinking day. I was unable to obtain an exact address using the X and Y-Coordinates provided by the ISP. (631590.2-4783791) It would be important to know the names of the bars close by and to search the truck for any clues that may be revealed. Hopefully the Egan’s move fast to secure a lawyer’s help and if we can help you contact our office at 515-222-1110 or write directly to Steve at [email protected]. There is much to do and little time to do it before the evidence is lost or destroyed.

Witnesses forget, cars and trucks are destroyed by salvage, vegetation changes, witnesses move away, physical evidence like receipts are thrown away – delay can mean losing.

Two Garnavillo residents were killed on August 26 in separate accidents in Clayton and Allamakee counties.

In Clayton County, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed in a one-vehicle accident that happened at about 12:26 a.m. on Cty. Rd C17 between Clayton and Garnavillo. The truck left the roadway, hit an embankment in the ditch and then rolled onto the driver’s side and caught on fire. The Guttenberg Press is reporting that the victim in the accident was Wesley Spiker, 47, of Garnavillo.

In Allamakee County, two pick-up trucks were involved in a head-on collision near Rossville at about 1:10 p.m. Patrick Egan, 29, of Waukon, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet K2500 pick-up northbound with three passengers on Hwy. 76 when the driver of a 2001 GMC Sonoma pick-up crossed the centerline and hit his vehicle head-on. A fire erupted under the GMC. A passerby hooked onto the Egan vehicle with a log chain and pulled it away from the fire. The driver of the GMC Sonoma, Chad Hickman, 35, of Garnavillo, was killed in the accident.

Injured in the collision was the driver of the Chevrolet, Patrick Egan, Dustin Egan, 31, Patrick Egan Sr., and Lance Egan, 10. The injured were transported to Veteran’s Memorial Hospital in Waukon.

The Standard, Allamkee County

Further information now known about fatal accident near Rossville
9/5/2012 10:08:00 AM
It is now known that the head-on collision on Highway 76 near the community of Rossville Sunday, August 26 did result in one fatality and four injuries, according to further updated reports issued by the Iowa State Patrol. The updated reports indicate that a southbound 2001 GMC Sonoma pick-up crossed the center line and collided head-on with a northbound 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up just west of Rossville, with the GMC then catching fire and becoming fully engulfed before authorities could arrive on scene.
The driver of the southbound vehicle, whose name still has not yet been released in any report by the Iowa State Patrol, was killed in the accident. Obituary information released by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home in Guttenberg and Garnavillo does indicate that 35-year-old Chad David Hickman of McGregor "died Sunday, August 26, 2012, as a result of an auto accident near Rossville." Other area media reports had mistakenly indicated the deceased driver was a 51-year-old Lansing man, but those reports were declared erroneous by officials investigating the accident.
The northbound Chevrolet was driven by Patrick John Egan, age 29, of Waukon. Passengers in his vehicle included the driver’s father, Patrick Egan, Sr., and the driver’s two brothers, Dustin Egan, age 31, and Lance Egan, age 10. Contrary to previous area media reports that indicated just three occupants of the Egan vehicle, all four of the Egans were transported by ambulance to Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Patrick Egan, Sr. was later airlifted to Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI, where he remains listed in good condition. The other three members of the Egan family who were involved in the accident were treated at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon and released.
In addition to the assistance at the scene of the accident by the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department and Waukon and Waterville fire and ambulance services, eyewitness accounts also indicate that a number of individuals initially assisted at the scene in efforts to prevent further injury or fatalities until authorities were able to arrive on the scene. Those eyewitness reports indicate an unidentified passer-by hooked a log chain to the Egan vehicle and pulled it approximately 50 feet from the burning vehicle to avoid further injury to both Patrick Egans, who were still pinned in their vehicle and had to be extricated by the Waukon Fire Department Jaws of Life.

Crash Information


 

U
N
I
T

1

Driver's Name - Last
EGAN

First
PATRICK

Middle
JOHN

Suffix

City
WAUKON

State
IA - Iowa, US

Zip
52172

Driver's Age
29

Citation Charge Code 1

Citation Charge 1

Gender
Male

State
IA - Iowa, US

Class
B - Veh w/26001 GVWR or more Towed unit is less than 10001 GVWR

Endorsements
None

Restrictions

None

Citation Charge Code 2

Citation Charge 2

Alcohol Test Given?
1 - None

Drug Test Given?
1 - None

Citation Charge Code 3

Citation Charge 3

Citation Charge Code 4

Citation Charge 4

Seating Position
01 - Front: Left Side / Motorcycle Driver

Injury Status
2 - Incapacitating

Occupant Protection
2 - Shoulder and lap belt used

Airbag Deployment
1 - Deployed front of person

Airbag Switch Status
9 - Unknown

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path

Trapped
3 - Extricated by mechanical means

Transported to:
VMH WAUKON

Transported by:
VMH AMBULANCE

Insurance Co. Name

Year
2004

Make
Chevrolet - CHEV

Model
K2500

Style
PICK UP

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
20000

Initial Travel Direction
1 - North

Vehicle Action
01 - Movement essentially straight

Speed Limit
55

Point of Initial Impact
01 - Front

Most Damaged Area
01 - Front

Extent of Damage
5 - Severe, vehicle totaled

Underride/Override
1 - None

Total Occupants
04

Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present

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
06 - Evasive action (swerve, panic braking, etc.)

Second Event
21 - Vehicle in traffic

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

City

State

Zip

Number of Axles

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

Placard #

Hazardous Materials Released?

L
O
C
A
T
I
O
N

Date of Accident
8/26/2012

Time of Accident 
01:09 PM

County
Allamakee - 03

Accident occurred within corporate limits of (city)

Law Enforcement Case Number:
2012047479

Literal Description 
Iowa 0076 / IOWA 76

Legal Intervention?
No

Private Property?
No

X-Coordinate:
631590.2

Y-Coordinate
4783791.

U
N
I
T

2

Driver's Name - Last
HICKMAN

First
CHAD

Middle
DAVID

Suffix

City
GARNAVILLO

State
IA - Iowa, US

Zip
52049

Driver's Age
35

Citation Charge Code 1

Citation Charge 1

Gender
Male

State
IA - Iowa, US

Class
B - Veh w/26001 GVWR or more Towed unit is less than 10001 GVWR

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
9 - Unknown

Airbag Deployment
9 - Unknown

Airbag Switch Status
9 - Unknown

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path

Trapped
3 - Extricated by mechanical means

Transported to:
STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER

Transported by:
SCHUTTE FUNERAL HOME

Insurance Co. Name

Year
2001

Make
General Motors - GMC

Model
SONOMA

Style
PICK UP

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
4000

Initial Travel Direction
3 - South

Vehicle Action
01 - Movement essentially straight

Speed Limit
55

Point of Initial Impact
01 - Front

Most Damaged Area
01 - Front

Extent of Damage
5 - Severe, vehicle totaled

Underride/Override
1 - None

Total Occupants
01

Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present

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

Cargo Body Type
01 - Not applicable

Vehicle Defect
99 - Unknown

Driver Condition
9 - Unknown

Vision Obscured
01 - Not obscured

Contributing Circumstances, Driver (up to 2)

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

First Event
04 - Crossed centerline/median

Second Event
21 - Vehicle in traffic

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

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)
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Manner of Crash/Collision
2 - Head-on

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
EGAN

First
DUSTIN

Middle

Suffix

City

State

Zip Code

Age
31

Sex
Male

Unit No.
1

Seating Position
03 - Front: Right Side

Injury Status
2 - Incapacitating

Occupant Protection
2 - Shoulder and lap belt used

Airbag Deployment
1 - Deployed front of person

Airbag Switch Status
9 - Unknown

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path
1 - Not ejected/not applicable

Trapped
1 - Not trapped

Transported to:
VMH WAUKON

Transported by:
VMH AMBULANCE

NON-MOTORIST

Type

Location

Action

Condition

Safety Equipment

Contributing Circumstances

Unit No. of Vehicle Striking

                         

P
E
R
S
O
N

I
N
J
U
R
E
D

Name- Last
EGAN

First
PATRICK

Middle

Suffix
SR

City

State

Zip Code

Age

Sex
Male

Unit No.
1

Seating Position
07 - Rear: Left Side

Injury Status
2 - Incapacitating

Occupant Protection
1 - None used

Airbag Deployment
5 - Not deployed

Airbag Switch Status
9 - Unknown

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path
1 - Not ejected/not applicable

Trapped
3 - Extricated by mechanical means

Transported to:
VMH WAUKON

Transported by:
VMH AMBULANCE

NON-MOTORIST

Type

Location

Action

Condition

Safety Equipment

Contributing Circumstances

Unit No. of Vehicle Striking

                         

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P
E
R
S
O
N

I
N
J
U
R
E
D

Name- Last
EGAN

First
LANCE

Middle

Suffix

City

State

Zip Code

Age
10

Sex
Male

Unit No.
1

Seating Position
09 - Rear: Right Side

Injury Status
3 - Non-incapacitating

Occupant Protection
1 - None used

Airbag Deployment
5 - Not deployed

Airbag Switch Status
9 - Unknown

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path
1 - Not ejected/not applicable

Trapped
1 - Not trapped

Transported to:
VMH WAUKON

Transported by:
VMH AMBULANCE



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