East Dubuque High School Senior Killed in Accident

Jordan Duerr, 17, an East Dubuque High School senior, was killed Thursday, May 5th in a crash on US 20. The incident occurred around 2:30 pm and involved a car and a semi. Neil A. Dudley, 64, was charged with disobeying a traffic control device. Police have not released further details in this case.

Man Killed After Swerving to Avoid Deer

An accident just after 1 a.m. Saturday morning resulted in the death of a Columbus Junction woman. Ruger A. Dean, 24, swerved to avoid hitting a dear on West Avenue, near 210th street. He lost control of his car and flipped before landing in a nearby ditch. Alexandria Edwards, the 24-year-old passenger, was killed in the crash. Dean was transported to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic.

Two Dead in Green County Accident

An accident on Highway 30, just east of Grand Junction in Greene County, occurred on Saturday, May 7th at around 6:30 a.m. A car, driven by John Twombly, 36, of Des Moines, left the road during a curve, crashed through the guardrail and careened through an embankment before hitting a tree. Twombly and his passenger, Alexander Sharer, 26, of Boone, were both pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is ongoing.

Basketball Player Dies in Accident

Rashad Namar Carrington, a 26-year-old minor-league basketball player from Cedar Rapids died Sunday morning in a single-vehicle accident on I-380. Carrington was traveling northbound on I-380 around 3 a.m. when he lost control of his car, veered into the guardrail at the Highway 965 overpass and careened into a ditch. Carrington, point guard for the Cedar Valley Court Kings, died due from his injuries.

Attorney Lombardi’s Comments: The accident involving the high school kid from Dubuque is a tough one for parents; it always is and never seems to get easier over time. The fact a ticket was issued to the other driver will help to establish liability. The parents should put their own insurance carrier on notice of a claim. The trucking company should already be on notice. Preserving the evidence of the scene and the vehicles is important.

The Greene County accident is one in which the likely parties with claims are the passengers or their spouses, parents or dependents.

The investigation of the minor-league basketball player from Cedar Rapids is anyone’s guess at what it means. The investigation will likely focus on blood alcohol levels without regard to whether there was a defect in the vehicle. Not that this is meaningless, because alcohol is always a challenge to any case although dependents may have a dram shop claim.

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