On December 14, 2015 Emmalee Jacobs was hit and killed while crossing the street in Ames, Iowa. The preliminary investigation indicated she was struck and killed by a motorist who left the scene. Police have now charged a bus driver with being involved.

According to the Ames Tribune newspaper: [A man], 23, of Gilbert, was arrested Wednesday and charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, a Class D felony, and failure to obey a traffic control device, a simple misdemeanor. He was released from jail Wednesday after posting bond. An initial court appearance was scheduled for 11 a.m. today.

Apparently the CyRide video camera picked up a loud noise as the bus turned left onto Ash Avenue against a flashing yellow arrow. The supervisor reviewed the video tape and listened to the audio that created enough questions that he contacted the Ames Police Department. A full report can be read at this link. The weather was was not optimal according to the report.

CyRide driver arrested in hit and run death of Emmalee Jacobs - See more at: http://amestrib.com/news/cyride-driver-arrested-hit-and-run-death-emmalee-jacobs#sthash.0VXxGrxw.dpuf

Our office handles wrongful death cases for clients with personal injury claims. We are currently handling wrongful death involving a drowning, just finished up one for a high school basketball player from Marion County, Iowa, a mining accident death and another of a young adult who died in a grain silo accident. Potential clients with wrongful death insurance claims should call us immediately if they would like legal help with their claims. These are not easy cases to prove and the longer it takes clients to contact us the more difficult they make it for their own case to be proven. Insurance companies do not preserve evidence, they destroy it. And in this case the Ames Police Department will not release evidence while the case is pending and the investigation is ongoing. The supervisor’s testimony will be important to preserve as will be the physical evidence and anyone who worked with the bus driver in the days following this pedestrian accident. It seems easy to prove this young lady would have been an enormous success in life. A scholarship she received is discussed below and she wanted to become an engineer.

Driver hit ISU student and kept going, December 14, 2015
Ames police just released the name of an Iowa State student killed in a hit-and-run crash Monday morning. She was identified as EmmaLee J. Jacobs, 18, of Urbana, Iowa.

The wrongful death case will be complicated by the criminal proceedings in that the driver will not testify before the criminal trial has concluded. Pedestrian accidents can often times be corroborated by bus camera video footage.

Checking video footage from the buses is not a routine task, but it is common for police to contact CyRide when something happens, as buses with cameras are often spread across the city.

  1. Bus driver charged in ISU student's fatal crash released from jail
  2. CyRide driver arrested in hit and run death of Emmalee Jacobs
  3. Police Say Driver Who Struck, Killed ISU Student ‘Knew What He Did’
  4. Classmates Remember ISU Student Killed in Hit-and-Run
  5. CyRide Official Says Driver in Fatal Hit-and-Run Wasn’t Inexperienced

Crash Video Files – Iowa State University Teen, EmmaLee J. Jacobs, Killed In Lincoln Way Pedestrian Accident In Ames, Iowa

Twitter of Emmalee Jacobs, joined May 2013. On December 13, 2015 she tweeted, “Someone teach me how to sleep” A pretty young lady who seemed to like trivia and who died much too soon. Emmalee was awarded a $1,000 Scholarship from East-Central Iowa REC for her scholastic abilities. She attended and graduated from Center Point-Urbana High School.

According to the May/June 2015 Heartland Link, a publication of East-Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative she was one of ten graduating seniors who were awarded college scholarships.  

CENTER POINT-URBANA HIGH SCHOOL Emmalee Jacobs, daughter of Ann and Bradley Jacobs – Iowa State University With her sights set on an engineering degree, Emmalee plans to seek a career that challenges her mentally, allows her work collaboratively to find solutions, and is rewarding. She believes a career in engineering will help her to develop skills such as creativity and logical reasoning.

Over the past two years we have represented several parents of adult children in wrongful death cases along with adults who have died in accidents. They are never easy and not something parents ever get over. We can’t bring them back we can only do what lawyers do, which is to help the parents and family adjust, as we settle their insurance claims.

Our office handles wrongful death cases for in-state and out-of-state clients. Call us if we can assist you or if we can help answer questions about the legal process.

515-222-1110 or email Steve at [email protected]

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