Iowa-I-29 Wrong-Way Driver Collision for Feb. 21, 2011
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Posted on Feb 26, 2011
Today we have four fatality reports, two minimal and two full Iowa State Patrol reports. The first is from Woodbury County and appears to be a wrong-way interstate highway accident. That's surprising because I have seen those in Iowa over the past several years after never having heard of one occurring. The Lombardi Law Firm site has an entire wrong-way accident section dedicated to the interstate highways in Iowa. If you would like to see the common threads with this type of accident I'd suggest you follow this link and perhaps I'll add them to the end of this analysis.
In the Woodbury I-29 collision we have two young drivers, 17 and 23 from Salix and Sioux City, Iowa driving in the northbound lanes of I-29 at about the 131 mile marker when the crash occurred. Mary Katherine Hughes the younger of the two driving a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero is said to have died. The other driver, Ryan D. Marx is said to have been injured and was taken to Mercy Hospital. The accident happened at 22:32, military time for 10:32 p.m. This may be one of those cases where the cause is inexperience. Let us hope it wasn't alcohol related. The police report has vehicle 1, Hughes traveling the wrong-way, the wrong direction in her Alero, which is no match for the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. In these types of cases, wrong-way drivers, liability should be clearly in favor or Marx and against the wrong-way driver.
Because of the significance of this case I'll post it alone and include the wrong-way driving findings I've made through reading over a thousand news stories about wrong-way drivers. And if you wish to read about wrong-way crashes follow this link; I know when these ‘ghost drivers' first came across my radar screen I was shocked; now after several years of reading about them I've got the causes down and realize how many there are, a lot more than most people realize, and how to stop more than 75% of them. The Des Moines Register is reporting on this story. Link.