Iowa college student dies in car accident

A student at Iowa State University was killed on Sunday night in Minnesota.

The 21-year-old college hockey player was driving in St. Paul on highway I-94 and decided to switch lanes. While switching lanes, he merged into a car who ultimately lost control and swerved.  The hockey player got out of his vehicle after the car accident and went over to help the driver of the car he hit.

While he was outside of his car aiding the driver, a 62-year-old man operating a mini van crashed into the student as well as the other vehicle. The 21-year-old was instantly killed at the scene and the other driver was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the victim’s family and friends during this tragic time.


Bad driving conditions send three to hospital in Iowa

On Saturday night in Auburn, Iowa a car accident took place which resulted in three people sustaining injuries.

The poor driving conditions, including ice and snow, caused a 27-year-old Carroll man to lose control of his truck. The truck crossed over the center lane and struck another car. There were two people in the second car, a 46-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy.

The jaws of life had to be used to extract the 46-year-old man from his vehicle and once he was removed he was transported by helicopter to a Des Moines hospital. The 13-year-old and the 27-year-old were treated for minor injuries.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Iowa, please contact the Iowa car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.

Madison man killed in crash in Waterloo

Garth Beatty, 70, of Vinton, IA, drove and crashed his pickup truck trailer into Joseph Pink, 71, of Madison, WI, in the southbound lanes of Highway 63 in Waterloo on Wednesday.

Pink died at the scene. According to authorities, Beatty was driving in the southbound lanes of Highway 63 and crashed his vehicle as Pink was crossing the highway. Both vehicles ended up in a nearby ditch after Beatty’s pickup flipped upon impact. Beatty was taken to a nearby hospital in Waterloo.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it is important to discuss your legal options with experienced represenation. Contact Iowa car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.

Iowa car accident kills elderly couple

An elderly couple in State Center, Iowa died as a result of their injuries they sustained from a car accident. The accident took place on a Wednesday afternoon when the couple was driving into town. The injuries from the accident sent the couple to the emergency room.

The couple, both in their 90’s, had been married for 72 years. They were practically inseparable throughout their lives and being in the emergency room didn’t change that. Both of them were more concerned about one another than they were about themselves. Their injuries were too severe and the couple passed away holding hands.

The love this couple showed was exemplary and they leave behind children, 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 1 great- great grandchild.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims during this hard time.

Man killed in high speed police chase

Jonathan Bindel, 18, of Jefferson, was killed on Tuesday night after crashing into a police pickup truck in a high-speed chase in West Central Iowa.

Police began chasing Bindel’s car on the westbound Highway 30 after he was found to be speeding and driving erratically. The chase ended with Bindel crashing into an eastbound police pickup truck driven by Officer Heath Enns. Enns was not injured.

Miranda Parris, 20, of Jefferson, rode in the passenger’s seat of Bindel’s car, and was sent to Greene County Medical Center for injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Iowa car accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.

Woman killed in one-vehicle and car accident

According to Iowa State Patrol, a woman was killed in a one-vehicle car accident in Adair County over the weekend.

The woman was a resident in West Des Moines and was traveling on Interstate 80 at 5 a.m. when the accident occurred.

Troopers have said that the woman lost control of her vehicle for unknown reasons. The woman was not wearing a seat belt at the time and was ejected from the vehicle. She was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim during this difficult time.

Iowa State University employee killed in car crash

The budget analyst for the graduate college at Iowa State University was killed in a car accident last week.

The woman was the passenger in a vehicle driven by a 42-year-old man. At the time of the accident, the vehicle was heading north on 500th Avenue when the vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by another car on the passenger side.

All three people involved in the crash were transported to the hospital. The woman was later pronounced dead due to injuries sustained in the accident.

Our condolences are with all that knew and cared for the victim.

Police continue to search for driver in fatal hit and run

Police continue to look for the driver that was involved in a fatal hit and run car accident on Interstate 80 on Sunday.

An 18-year-old was walking on the ramp of the westbound lane of the highway when he was struck by a vehicle and then by another. Iowa State Patrol believes that the man wandered into traffic before he was hit.

The driver of the first car continued to drive off when the man was struck, but the second car stopped and called police. Officials are investigating the accident to find the first driver and are looking for a vehicle that has damage to their undercarriage. It is not yet known whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim.

Iowa ranks near bottom in teen driving safety

Iowa ranked 49th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in a recent U.S. News & World Report investigation of national teen driving safety.

The rankings were determined using a number of variables, five of which were based on driver’s license, car accident fatality, and road-quality statistics gathered by the federal government and six of which were based on ratings of driving and road safety laws compiled by two independent organizations.

“A lot of the criteria has to do with graduated driving licensing,” said a spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Transportation, Dena M. Gray-Fisher.

The graduated driver’s license (GDL) law, which Iowa passed in 1999, requires supervision and training hours for young drivers. Restrictions are gradually lifted on when and with whom they may drive as they become more skilled drivers.

While teens and young adults in Iowa represent only 17 percent of drivers, over 40 percent of crashes involve them.

“Iowa has had a tendency to have relatively weak teen driving policy,” said Corinne Peek-Asa, director of the University of Iowa’s Injury Prevention Research Center.

Gov. Chet Culver signed into law a bill April 28 that makes it required for those under the age of 17 in the back seat to wear a seat belt, and on July 1, a ban on teenage cell phone use while driving will go into effect.

Some teen drivers are responsible and mature. Many others are not, either due to technological distractions (phones), bad decisions (drinking and driving), or a physiological inclination to incorrectly assess threats. If you or someone you know has been injured by a reckless teen driver, contact the Iowa reckless driving accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.

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