Single Vehicle Accident in Jackson County, on March 26, 2013

Posted on Apr 06, 2013

The 46 year old driver, Timothy Michael Vosatka from Sabula, Iowa died after losing control of his 1992 Plymouth while trying to pass a truck on Highway 64. His car hit a tree stump and rolled. The time of the accident was 9:34 a.m. on March 26, 2013.

Interesting twist to this story as reported in the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press reporter Douglas Melvold. This story begins as an alleged domestic altercation, then a woman gets into the car and before the crash jumps from the car.

Here is the story as reported, that I find of interest:

“Vosatka dies in crash near Preston

By DOUGLAS MELVOLD
A Sabula man who allegedly was involved in a domestic altercation at a Sabula residence and left the scene was killed less than a half-hour later in a single-vehicle accident near Preston.
A woman who was riding with him and jumped from the car was injured.
Timothy Michael Vosatka, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene of the Tuesday morning, March 26, accident on Iowa 64 one mile east of Preston.
According to information from the Maquoketa Law Center, the Law Center received a call at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday from Marilyn Vosatka of Sabula, who said her son Tim Vosatka “is going crazy,” had struck her and another family member was trying to calm him down.
As sheriff’s deputies were en route to the scene, about 15 minutes later, the Law Center was notified that Vosatka had driven off and a woman had gotten in the car with him.
Meanwhile, Iowa State Patrol trooper Joseph Donahue saw Vosatka’s 1992 Plymouth Acclaim traveling west on 64 as the trooper was eastbound.
As Donahue turned around to follow the car, a woman jumped from the moving vehicle.
Donahue said the Vosatka auto passed a dump truck on the right shoulder and the driver lost control of the vehicle, which crossed both lanes of traffic.
The car ran off the left side of the highway into the south ditch, where it struck a tree stump, rolled multiple times and came to rest on its top in a creek, Donahue said.
Vosatka was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers said he was not wearing a seat belt.
The woman who jumped from the car was not identified and no further information was given as to injuries.
Troopers said the accident occurred at 9:34 a.m., 19 minutes after the initial call of the domestic altercation.
The Law Center report said Vosatka earlier had gone to the residence of another Sabula resident, woke him up and started an altercation. The man received minor scratches from the incident.
Investigation by the Iowa State Patrol is continuing.
Donahue was assisted at the scene by three other Iowa State Patrol troopers, Jackson County sheriff’s deputies, the Sabula and Preston ambulances, the Preston Volunteer Fire Department and the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office.”

Trooper's Description: UNIT #1 WAS WB ON HWY 64 PASSED A DUMP TRUCK ON THE RIGHT HAND SHOULDER DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF VEHICLE AND CROSSED BOTH LANES OF TRAFFIC ENTERED THE SOUTH DITCH STRUCK A TREE STUMP ROLLED MULTIPLE TIMES AND CAME TO REST ON ITS TOP IN A CREEK DRIVER WAS PROUNCED DOA ON ARRIVAL THIS ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATON BY THE IOWA STATE PATROL TROOPER 386 DONAHUE

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Steve Lombardi
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