Wrong-way Collision Day – March 3, 2011

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It's wrong-way interstate driver-collision day here at the Lombardi Law Firm. I've collected a large assortment of wrong-way driver events from around the nation and then assembled them for you to browse. The causes are pretty straight forward, with alcohol being the numero uno reason. Age and inexperience aren't as prevalent as you might think. I'm sure if we knew more cell phone distractions would be right up there with alcohol related causes. So read on and call me if you have one and want to talk or need a lawyer's assistance. 515-222-1110 or [email protected].

2 Killed As Wrong-Way Driver Causes E-470 Head-On Crash
KMGH Denver
Two people were killed Sunday night when a wrong-way driver on E-470 caused a head-on collision, the Colorado State Patrol said. About 8:24 pm on Sunday, a woman driving a Ford Taurus station wagon southbound in the northbound lanes of E-470 collided ...
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Wrong-way driver closes I-376 for an hour overnight
Tribune Review
By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review State Police say a Coraopolis woman was drunk and driving the wrong way on westbound Interstate 376 in Robinson early this morning when she clipped an oncoming vehicle, throwing herself from the car in the ensuing crash. ...
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Wrong-way driver leads to three-car pile-up
Warrnambool Standard
"The Queensland man will get a ticket for driving the wrong way and the two rear drivers who were involved in the accident are also expected to be issued with a penalty notice for driving too close to the car in front of them," he said. ...
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Man Killed Driving Wrong Way on Loop 338 in Odessa
NewsWest9.com
ODESSA - An Odessa man is dead after driving the wrong way down Loop 338 on Saturday night. DPS troopers say 49-year Raul Soliz of Odessa was driving a 2000 Ford Expedition south in the northbound lanes on Loop 338 around 9:45p.m. Saturday night. ...
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SALINE: Police Blotter: Police investigate possible bomb threat at middle ...
Heritage Newspapers
A few days later, officers arrested at 23-year-old Ann Arbor man for driving the wrong way on a one-way street. The officer saw the vehicle head southbound on Hall Road and then turn onto Michigan Avenue at about 1:30 am Feb. 13, according to reports. ...
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Wrong way drivers have researchers scrambling for prevention measures
WOAI
SAN ANTONIO - Wrong way drivers are causing deadly crashes in San Antonio and around the country. Most of the time the drivers are drunk, so you may think there's little that can be done to prevent wrong way driving. But as News 4 WOAI Trouble Shooter ...
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Wrong-way driver's troubled past
KASA
Police said Monica Sena,39, was speeding the wrong-way in the west bound lanes near Rio Grande Boulevard around midnight Friday, when she slammed into Jose Cardenas, 32, killing him instantly. In 2006, she tried to smuggle cocaine in from Mexico and ...
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Driver Dies After Driving the Wrong Way on Loop 338 2/19/11
KOSA
DPS troopers on the scene tell CBS 7 an SUV was driving southbound in the northbound lane, the driver was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. West Loop 338 northbound was closed at the 42nd street intersection. ...
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UPDATE | Everett motorist dies driving wrong way on I-5 near Marysville
Seattle Post Intelligencer
The Washington State Patrol received the first of three cell phone calls reporting a driver heading the wrong way on I-5 at approximately 5:13 am, according to Trooper Keith Leary. "Shortly after troopers were dispatched to locate the vehicle, ...
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Father Crusades For Tougher DUI Penalties
KOKI FOX 23
The drunk driver was heading the wrong way on the highway, but that's not what upset Erin's father most. "He had a whole series of DUI convictions going back about eight years, maybe more," Dr. Swezey told FOX23. Both Erin and the drunk driver died ...
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Wrong-way driver killed in I5 Marysville crash
Seattle Times
A wrong-way driver was killed and two other drivers injured in a collision on Interstate 5 at Marysville that blocked the southbound lanes Friday morning for four hours. The Associated Press A wrong-way driver was killed and two other drivers injured ...
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Wrong-way driver blamed for I5 Marysville crash
Seattle Times
A wrong-way driver is suspected of causing a fatal crash on Interstate 5 at Marysville. The Associated Press A wrong-way driver is suspected of causing a fatal crash on Interstate 5 at Marysville. Washington State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary says ...
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Wrong-way driver clocked at 170 km/h
CottageCountryNow.ca
OPP Insp. Ed Medved said phone calls from motorists alerted police to the wrong-way driver. Just after 6:30 pm, officers observed the suspect vehicle heading the right way toward Gravenhurst. The Mazda automobile was clocked in excess of 170 kilometres ...
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Wrong-way accident questioned
KASA
ALBUQUERUQE (KRQE) - Police are looking into how, where and why a wrong-way driver got on Interstate 40 and caused a deadly wreck. Monica Sena, 39, was Eastbound in the westbound lanes when she slammed into Jose Cardenas, 32, near Rio Grande Boulevard ...
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The Deadline Cafe: Episode 13
Patch.com
Like African meerkats standing sentry near their tunnels, the café patrons sitting at the windows watched the old red VW beetle lurch the wrong way down Sherman Avenue. Just as the driver, who the patrons could now see was a woman with a wild head of ...
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Wrong-way driver blamed for I-5 Marysville crash - Breaking News ...
A wrong-way driver was killed and two other drivers injured in a collision on Interstate 5 at Marysville that blocked the southbound lanes Friday morning for four hours.
The Olympian Online -- Breaking News - http://www.theolympian.com/breakingnews/

Wrong-way driver caught on video
The Union Leader
Lombardi said he got off the Route 101 at the closest exit in Auburn and got back on the highway on the eastbound side so he could follow the wrong-way driver and film the event. While traveling alongside the car, "We were doing a good 60, ...
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Wrong-way driver slams into two cars
Gilroy Dispatch
By Mark Powell A woman driving the wrong way down Monterey Road collided with two other vehicles Thursday night, sending herself and another driver to the hospital, according to the Gilroy Police Department. GPD Sgt. Greg Flippo said the woman, ...
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Irving officer who stopped wrong-way driver with patrol car talks
WFAA
by MONIKA DIAZ IRVING - The scene that played out on Loop 12 in Irving on Valentine's Day put drivers in a panic. A wrong-way driver was on the road, prompting several people to call 911. "He was coming towards me," said one 911 caller. ...
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Cop Who Stopped Wrong-Way Driver: I'm No Hero
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth
By AMANDA FITZPATRICK An Irving police officer who rammed his cruiser into a wrong-way driver earlier this week says he's no hero. Officer Matthew Snell, a former Army medic, said he was prepared to take the risk of ending the chase. ...
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Elderly Woman Killed in Wrong Way Accident on I-40
My Fox 8
The driver tried to miss the accident but could not get out of the way in time. The driver was treated at the hospital for minor injuries. Alcohol was not a factor in Topa driving the wrong way, officials said. The Medical Examiner is investigating ...
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Wrong-Way Driver in December was Possible Suicide
Phoenix New Times (blog)
When officers first came to the scene, they found the Acura's driver, Kristen Roman, disoriented and bleeding profusely. She was 17 weeks pregnant and worried about the health of her unborn twins. Hospital officials later determined the twins hadn't ...
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NH police chase wrong-way car on major roadway
Boston Globe
AUBURN, NH-New Hampshire state police say it took seven cruisers from the state police and two local police departments to stop a driver first spotted traveling the wrong way on Route 101 in the town of Auburn. At about 8 pm Thursday state police ...
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Unusual plea deal eyed in fatal wrong way case
Newsday (subscription)
A Hempstead man accused of driving drunk the wrong way on the Long Island Expressway and striking and killing an airport shuttle driver may plead guilty to manslaughter in an unusual deal with Queens prosecutors, his lawyer said Thursday.

Wrong-way driver killed on I-15 was 85-year-old Las Vegas man ...
A man who died in a crash Saturday after driving the wrong way on Interstate 15 near Mesquite was identified Monday as 85-year-old Tomi Kawamoto of Las ...
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Police stop wrong-way driver on Route 101
The Union Leader
A Candia woman was charged with driving the wrong way on Route 101 on Wednesday night, after drawing seven police cruisers to the divided highway in an effort to stop her, New Hampshire State Police said. State Police took Sheila G. Denoncourt, 56, ...
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Video Shows Wrong-Way Driver Smash Squad Car
FOX 9 News
Texas police say a drunken, wrong-way driver's ride came to an end when he smashed into a squad car. The crash happened early Monday morning after a car was found to be going the wrong way on a highway and officers gave chase. ...
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Video Shows Wrong-Way Driver Smash Squad Car
FOX 9 News
Texas police say a drunken, wrong-way driver's ride came to an end when he smashed into a squad car. The crash happened early Monday morning after a car was found to be going the wrong way on a highway and officers gave chase. ...
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Wrong-Way Driver Causes Injury Crash
KSAT San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO -- A wrong-way driver is being blamed for a crash in far western Bexar County that injured two people and shut down a stretch of Loop 1604 on Wednesday morning. Sgt. Aaron Vonmuldau, with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, said emergency ...
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Wrong-Way Driver Causes Injury Crash
KSAT San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO -- A wrong-way driver is being blamed for a crash in far western Bexar County that injured two people and shut down a stretch of Loop 1604 on Wednesday morning. Sgt. Aaron Vonmuldau, with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, said emergency ...
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Raw Video: Cop Crashes Into Wrong-way Driver
The Associated Press
Police in Texas have released dash-cam footage that shows an officer crashing his vehicle to stop what they believe was a drunken driver going the wrong way on a freeway near Dallas. (Feb. 16)
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Wrong-way driver busted for DUI, and more
TribLocal
Lemont police arrested a 47-year-old Riverside man for DUI, driving on the wrong side of the road and illegal transportation of alcohol Feb. 9 after he was stopped for a traffic violation on Lemont Road at Illinois Street, police said. ...
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Wrong-way driver busted for DUI, and more
TribLocal
Lemont police arrested a 47-year-old Riverside man for DUI, driving on the wrong side of the road and illegal transportation of alcohol Feb. 9 after he was stopped for a traffic violation on Lemont Road at Illinois Street, police said. ...
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Driver accused of updating Facebook in fatal crash
CNET
The driver's manual says check for traffic before exiting a parked vehicle because moving traffic has the right-of-way and to stay inside the vehicle with emergency lights flashing until the emergency authorities arrive. Anyway you look at it, ...
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Bus driver lends a hand
Worcester Telegram
The vast majority of WRTA drivers are dedicated to their work and go out of their way for their riders, Mr. Carney said. "We're fortunate to have people like Bob who represent the company and the city so well," Mr. Carney said. ...
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Officer Crashes Into Car to Stop Wrong-Way Driver
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth
Finding the driver was a challenge, because officers couldn't immediately follow him going the wrong way on a major roadway. Some officers blocked intersections to minimize the flow of traffic, while others got out ahead to warn other drivers. ...
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Drink-driver went wrong way down one-way street
The Bolton News
A MOTORIST who was four times over the drink drive limit drove the wrong way down a road before stopping for police. Bryan Modlinsky pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without insurance when he appeared at Bolton Magistrates Court yesterday. ...
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Indiana soldier killed in wrong-way crash
Fox 59
Schmidt was assigned to the 173rd Airborne in Bamberg, Germany. He was driving the car the crashed into another vehicle head-on. Police say he was traveling the wrong way down State Road 37. The other driver survived the crash.

Dascham Video Shows Cop Ramming Wrong-Way Car
MyFox Dallas
COM The incident happened in the northbound lanes of the roadway, where a suspected drunken driver was traveling northbound. After spike strips failed to stop the sport utility vehicle, the officer rammed the vehicle. The maneuver pinned the SUV ...

Driver's taxi permit at risk after Stingaree crash
San Diego Union Tribune
In 2004, Daly was charged with driving the wrong way, a misdemeanor, according to court records. The charge was dropped to a citation, and Daly pleaded guilty and was ordered to complete eight hours of driving school. He also has a 2009 speeding ...

I-95 north: Spun-around vehicle cleared from left lane at Exit 21
The Journal News | LoHud.com
By Leslie Korngold • [email protected] • February 15, 2011 RYE - A two-car accident northbound at Exit 21 on Interstate 95 that left one driver injured and a car facing the wrong way in the left lane has been cleared. There was significant residual ...

Irving police give chase to wrong-way driver
Dallas Morning News (blog)
A driver going the wrong way on Loop 12 led Irving police on a chase from their city to north Oak Cliff in Dallas early this morning. ...

Wrong-way driver killed on I-15 was 85-year-old Las Vegas man
Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Antonio Planas A man who died in a crash Saturday after driving the wrong way on Interstate 15 near Mesquite was identified Monday as 85-year-old Tomi ...

Milford Police: Drunken driver from Bridgeport had sawed-off shotgun in car
Ct Post
Milford police say a Bridgeport man chose the wrong way to sleep off a bender early Sunday. Mark Gaines, 27, of Karen Court in Bridgeport was to be ...

Lynwood official charged with DUI, reckless homicide in fatal crash
Examiner.com
Pfotenhauer says an investigation shows Valle was traveling the wrong way on I-394 when he crashed head on into a car just south of the I-94 interchange. ...

Weekend report from Jackson Police: man turns the wrong way on Franklin St ...
The Jackson Citizen Patriot - MLive.com
While on his way to the area, Officer Noppe attempted to make contact with a subject in a vehicle. The driver turned the wrong way down Franklin St., ...

Cassie McCord crash driver was already facing loss of licence
Gazette
He had driven his red Astra onto the forecourt the wrong way and mounted the pavement. Mr Horsfall was still allowed to get behind the wheel last Monday ...

Fiery, wrong-way crash on SR 46 kills two drivers
Orlando Sentinel
By Audrea Huff and Susan Jacobson, Orlando Sentinel Two drivers were killed this morning in a fiery, wrong-way crash on State Road 46 in north Brevard ...

Family members sue over fatal crash
Alton Telegraph
5, 2009, when the Chevrolet Aveo that Tawanda Jackson was driving was rammed head-on by a car driven the wrong way on Illinois 255 by Keene. ...

Driver Killed in Solo Crash at Highway 4 and I-680 On-Ramp
Patch.com
... near the on-ramp to southbound Interstate Highway 680 where a small Subaru Forrester hatchback was facing the wrong way on the right hand shoulder, ...

Two drivers hospitalized
The Barrie Examiner
(The male driver) took a little bit more to extricate." In a news release, Orillia OPP said it received a report of a wrong-way driver near Nichols Line. ...

 

Wrong way driver leads police on 15-mile chase | WOAI.COM: San ...
The man was driving a pickup when he entered I-35 near San Pedro and Main Street going the wrong direction. Police say he was traveling north in the ...

NHP Investigating Fatal Accident Involving Wrong Way Driver
KLAS-TV
LAS VEGAS -- NHP is investigating a fatal accident that happened Saturday afternoon on the I-15 near mile marker 117 involving a wrong way driver. ...

Wrong-way driver
Indianapolis Star
A motorist driving the wrong way on Ind. 37 on the city's Far Southside early Friday was killed when his vehicle collided with another car. ...

Wrong-way driver injured in downtown Houston head-on collision
KHOU
Police said a man driving a Toyota car was heading the wrong way on Fannin near McIlhenny around 12:30 am when he crashed into another vehicle head on. ...

One dead, one critical after wrong-way crash on I-15 near Mesquite
Las Vegas Review - Journal
That driver of that car died after colliding with a gray Infiniti about five miles south of Mesquite. No information was available on the dead driver, ...

Impaired teen drives wrong way down Cedar St.
NorthernLife.ca
... driving the wrong way down Cedar Street. Around 1:30 am Feb. 12, Sudbury Police pulled the vehicle over and administered a roadside test to the driver, ...

KHOU: Wrong-way driver hurt in downtown Houston head-on ...
KHOU: Wrong-way driver hurt in downtown Houston head-on. Houston police say a man was hospitalized after he drove a Toyota the wrong way on Fannin and hit another vehicle head-on just after midnight near McIlhenny. ...

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