Alexander Koch, a passenger in a Subaru driven by Zachary McMahon, was killed after being struck from behind, allegedly by an intoxicated driver, in the early morning hours of June 10th. According to the report a 45-year-old man from Boone, allegedly was driving with a suspended license and was may have been driving under the influence of alcohol (intoxicated?) at the time of the accident. According the report the driver left the scene of the accident on foot but was quickly apprehended. McMahon, the driver of the Subaru, was injured in the accident.
We make no assumptions about the sobriety of the driver because determining intoxication and/or driving while under the influence is a multi-faceted chemical evaluation process and cannot be determined right at an accident scene.
According to the KCCI report: “Ankeny officials said William Phipps, 45, of Boone, fled the scene on foot, but was later apprehended by officers half a mile from the scene of the accident.
Phipps' driving records indicate he was barred from driving and had two previous drunk-driving charges. Phipps was taken into custody by Ankeny police officers and faces several charges, including vehicular homicide, OWI 3rd offense, driving while barred and leaving the scene of an accident.”
When you are involved in a serious personal injury accident you have a shortened period to serve a notice on the tavern or bar where the drunk driver was served. What this means to the injured person is that they need to be diligent about hiring a personal injury lawyer to protect their right to receive compensation. This notice provision applies to both drivers and passengers. And so do not hesitate to call us if we can help you with your personal injury case involving a drunk driver. Good luck with your insurance claims and if we can help give us a call or fill out the contact information form.