A three car crash took the life of the first collision driver.
Car accidents that result in death are always tough for most people to reexamine, but learning how to prevent accidents is a necessary part of how to stay safe. In this case a rear end collision propelled the offending car across the center line and into the path of an oncoming car. Those two collided for what amounted to a second collision for the offending driver, sending both off in different directions. The 47-year old driver of the offending vehicle was Theresa Hynous who died from the impact. The police took a blood sample for both alcohol and blood tests. No results were available. Ms. Hynous was driving a 4 door Toyota Camry. She was the only person in her car. The car in front of her’s the one she struck (the second car) was at a stop sign.
This second car was a 4 door Chrystler LaBaron being driven by Norma Fairbanks from Camanche. She is 74 years of age. Her car was struck in the left rear causing severe damage, enough the ISP noted it as totaled. Her vehicle appeared to be slowing or stopping for the stop sign. There was only the driver in this car. This driver was taken to Mercy North in Clinton by Camanche EMS.
From the report it appears the Hynous car didn't slow down as it approached this intersection and the stop sign. One has to wonder what was she distracted by. It would be interesting to see how many drivers have cell phones in their car at the time of an accident.
The third vehicle was a Chrysler Town & Country, being driven by Ryan Chapman a 33 year-old man from Clinton, Iowa. His vehicle was struck on the left side. He was using a shoulder and lap belt. He too was taken to Mercy Clinton by Camanche EMS. This third vehicle had a passenger, James Harden, who was also injured and taken to the hospital.
The speed limit was 55 mph; the roadway appears to be a four-way intersection with a stop sign. It was daylight and the weather was clear. Car one’s direction was south on U.S. 67.
Here is the Narrative: UNIT ONE WAS TRAVELING SOUTH ON HWY 67. UNIT ONE STRUCK THE REAR OF UNIT TWO. UNIT ONE ENTERED NORTH BOUND LANE AND WAS STRUCK BY UNIT 3. UNIT ONE CAME TO REST ON NORTH BOUND LANE FACING NORTH. UNIT TWO CAME TO REST ON WEST SHOULDER FACING SOUTH WEST. UNIT THREE CAME TO REST FACING NORTH WEST ON EAST SHOULDER.