Sioux Falls man faces vehicular homicide charges

A Sioux Falls man is facing possible vehicular homicide charges following an alcohol-related single-vehicle crash that resulted in his wife’s death, according to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s department.

The man was headed west on his motorcycle, with his wife riding passenger, when he rounded a bend too sharply on 268th Street near Iowa’s Gitchie Manitou State Park. The motorcycle spun out of control, throwing both the man and his wife off.

Emergency personnel who arrived at the scene around 7 p.m. reported that both the man and woman were responsive at the time. The woman passed out shortly thereafter and died later that night at Avera McKennan Hospital.

Police have not released the man’s blood-alcohol level but have made it clear that alcohol was a factor in the crash. Whether or not the man will be charged with vehicular homicide is still under investigation, according to Deputy State’s Attorney Randy Sample.

“Normally, for vehicular homicide, you need two things: You need to be intoxicated, and you need to be involved in a negligent act,” Sample said.

Neither of the two involved in the crash were wearing helmets. The man remains hospitalized at Avera McKennan Hospital with serious injuries.

Many accidents on the road could be avoided if people did not drive while drunk. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a drunk driver, call the Iowa drunk driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.



Squabble leads to single-vehicle crash

An argument between a driver and her passenger led to their vehicle crashing into the median at the 151/61 overpass at 12:38 p.m. last Saturday.

Police report that the 23-year-old woman and her male passenger were squabbling over whether or not the woman should let the man out of the car. While the woman says she does not remember why they initially began arguing, she refused to let the man out of the car. She said that this was because “he didn’t know where to go because he was from out of town.”

The man grew frustrated and yanked the steering wheel to the side while the car was traveling at a high rate of speed on the highway. He said that because he had never had a driver’s license or driven a vehicle that he did not realize that his actions would cause the car to crash.

Both the man and woman were transported to Finley Hospital and released with non-life threatening injuries. The woman, who suffered a broken ankle, has since filed charges against the man for being caused a serious injury by a vehicle.

Luckily the crash only involved one vehicle, and nobody else was injured. This is often not the case when negligent drivers get behind the wheel. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident as a result of someone else not paying attention to the road, contact the Iowa reckless driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



Des Moines cyclist struck by bus

According to police, a 13-year-old Des Moines resident was struck by a bus as he rode his bike through the intersection of Sixth Street and Forest Avenue around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The teenager was hit by a Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority bus when he entered the intersection perpendicular to oncoming traffic. He was taken to Mercy Medical Center with a broken leg and facial abrasions but is expected to make a full recovery.

Witnesses report that the teen ran a red light to enter the intersection and that the bus had the right of way. The bus driver has no history of disciplinary problems or traffic violations.

No charges have been filed.

While no charges were filed in this case, bus and bicycle related accidents are all too frequently the fault of negligence or recklessness on the part of one or the other side in an altercation. If you have been involved in a bicycle traffic accident, contact the Iowa car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



Two-motorcycle crash kills woman

A woman killed Sunday in a two-motorcycle accident has been identified as a 26-year-old Des Moines resident. She was a passenger on the motorcycle driven by her 35-year-old husband.

Their motorcycle crashed into the back of another motorcycle being ridden by a 55-year-old man from Altoona around 6:30 p.m. near the 4oo block of East 30th Street. Both were thrown from the bike while the man who was struck remained uninjured.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene while the man was transported to Mercy Medical Center with a broken leg. No charges have been filed. None of the riders were wearing helmets. Police are investigating whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

If you have been injured by a drunk or negligent driver, contact the Iowa car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



Driver flees scene of drunk driving accident

When police arrived to Wright Brothers Boulevard SW near Interstate 380 at midnight on Tuesday, they found the aftermath of a two-vehicle crash but only one driver.

The woman driver of a new SUV involved in the crash was still at the scene, while the driver of the other vehicle  had fled. Upon investigation police found that the woman had rear-ended the car in front of her while intoxicated. After checking the registration of the abandoned car, police were able to track down the man who owned it and discover that he had fled due to not having car insurance.

The woman was charged with operating while intoxicated and failure to maintain control while the man was charged with hit and run and no insurance.

If you are the victim of a drunk driver or have been in an accident caused by a negligent driver, contact the Iowa car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



Police officer involved in car crash charged with drug use

Police investigation following a Pleasant Hill police supervisor’s crash in a marked police vehicle last Thursday has resulted in him being charged with drug possession. When searched, a small amount of methamphetamine was found on the officer’s person.

On Thursday, the officer’s marked police SUV left the Highway 65 bypass and careened off the road. The officer was rushed to a Des Moines hospital via air ambulance, where he was treated and released.

Luckily, no one else was hurt. If you are the victim of an auto accident caused by a negligent driver under the influence of drugs or wish to discuss the options available to you regarding a traffic accident, contact the Iowa car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.


Truck collides with school bus, killing driver

An accident involving a truck and a school bus on Wednesday killed an 83-year old Nora Springs man north of Rockford. The collision occurred when the man’s truck rear-ended a school bus at around 12:21 p.m. on the 1700 block of Echo Avenue. The Iowa State Patrol and the Floyd County Sheriff’s department are currently investigating the cause of the accident.

Serious car accidents can cause severe injuries and even death. If someone you love has been killed in an accident caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another person, contact the Iowa car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



Two Iowa residents killed in crash near Lyle

Two residents of Osage, Iowa were killed when their vehicle left the roadway, struck a tree, and overturned in a ditch filled with water on Tuesday afternoon. The driver was a 79-year old Iowa man, and his passenger was a 79-year old woman, also from Iowa. The accident occurred on Highway 218, a half-mile south of Lyle. The authorities are still trying to figure out the exact cause of the accident.

Car accidents can have a devastating effect on the lives of drivers, passengers, and their families. If someone you love has been seriously hurt or killed in an accident caused by auto defects, road defects, or other causes, contact the Iowa car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



Teen killed, two injured in rollover accident in northeast Iowa

The Bremer County Sheriff’s department is investigating the cause of a single-vehicle crash that killed one teenager and injured two others. The accident occurred at 2:45 a.m. on Sunday near Waverly. While the authorities do not yet know the exact cause of the accident, they do know that the vehicle rolled over at some point during the crash.

An auto accident can be a devastating event in your life and the lives of your family members. For more information on car accidents and personal injury claims, contact the Iowa auto accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



Elderly woman found sleeping in vehicle after wreck

Early Thursday morning, Iowa State Patrol officers found an 86 year-old woman asleep in her wrecked vehicle along a country road.

The woman is currently being treated at the Floyd County Medical center for injuries sustained in the accident.

Authorities believe that the accident occurred after she lost control of her vehicle, and struck trees and a culvert during the wreck.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the Iowa car accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-326-2600.



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