A crash occurred in Jefferson County on December 12, 2012

Posted on Dec 25, 2012

Minimal Crash Report: Martin Durflinger, Ottumwa, Iowa. 

The young man lost his life in a car accident. His obituary paints the picture of his life as a good farm kid from Wapello County that liked 4H and tractor pulls. I’ve seen so many car accidents over the past 30 years and I never can grow out of wanting to know more about those who died, especially the young. This man was just 23 on December 12, 2012 when he died. He attended Pekin High School.

As a lawyer I ask, why did he lose control? Speed? Weather related? What was the cause?

See Three People Killed in Crash Near Fairfield, KCRG, TV-9

According to KCRG, “According to the Iowa State Patrol’s crash report, Martin L. Durflinger, 23 of Ottumwa, was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro westbound at a high rate of speed on Old Highway 34 near Hemlock Avenue when he lost control on a curve and the car struck a light pole. The vehicle rolled numerous times and came to a rest in the southbound ditch.
Two passengers, Robbie D. Abel, 23, of Hedrick, and Harry R. Blodgett, 21 of Brighton, were ejected from the vehicle and were not wearing seat belts at the time of the wreck, officials said.”

And Car crash kills 3 people in southeast Iowa, Ottumwa Courier

 Case Number:

 2012065286

 Type:

 Fatality

 County:

 51

 Crash Date:

 12122012

 Time:

 2220

 Location:

 OLD HWY 34 AND HEMLOCK

 

 Vehicle 1 Year:

 2011

 Make:

 CHEV

 Type:

 CAMARO

 Towed By:

 DICKS TOWING

 Driver Name:

 DURFLINGER,MARTIN L

 Age:

 23

 City & State of Residence:

 OTTUMWA, IOWA

 Summary:

 

   

VEHICLE WAS WESTBOUND AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED ON OLD HWY 34 WHEN
THEY FAILED TO NEGOTIATE A CURVE, LOST CONTROL, STRUCK A LIGHT
POLE AND ROLLED NUMEROUS TIMES VEHICLE CAME TO REST IN THE
SOUTHBOUND DITCH EJECTING BOTH PASSENGERS AND TRAPPING THE
DRIVER INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

 

 Officer Name:

 ISP 31 ANDERSON ISP 482 ISP 368 ISP 161

 Post:

 13

 Assisted By:

 JEFFERSON CO LEC, JE

 

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