Iowa police officer injured in crash, released from rehabilitation center

The Des Moines police officer that was injured after being struck by a car while directing traffic for the Iowa State Fair has now been released from a rehabilitation center in Chicago in order to return home.

The accident occurred on Aug. 19 when a pickup truck struck the man just outside of the fairgrounds causing him to be thrown 47 feet. The pickup truck driver was allegedly driving under the influence and was charged with operating while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, and serious injury caused by a vehicle.

He remains in a Polk County Jail on a $52,000 bond. The officer was in critical condition for many weeks after the accident and it was feared that he would not survive. After his condition began to improve, he was transferred from Des Moines to Chicago and has since been released from the facility.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, your life can be turned upside down. This is why you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Iowa drunk driving lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.



Iowa plans to step up drunk driving enforcement during Labor Day holiday

Police agencies across the state of Iowa are going to be cracking down on drunkĀ  driving during the Labor Day holiday.

The campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” began last Thursday and will run through Labor Day weekend. Officers will have the most patrols out on nights and weekends because this is the most common times that people are driving impaired.

In 2009, there were 371 fatal crashes in Iowa and 96 of them were alcohol-related. A high percentage of motorists are between the age group 21-24. During this time last year when similar enforcement was done, there were seven fatal crashes and two of them involved drunk drivers.

If you or a loved one has been injured after being involved in a drunk driving accident, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Iowa drunk driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.



Man arrested for drunken driving after running car into house

One man was injured and another man was arrested after a man drove a car into a home around 3 a.m. in Davenport.

A 26-year-old man was driving a BMW when he failed to stop at a stop sign at an intersection an crashed into a home. The car went through the wall and nearly ended up in the basement.

The passenger in his vehicle was treated for non-life threatening injuries and was later released. The driver was charged with drunk driving, failure to control the vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident. No one was inside the home when the accident occurred and it took two tow trucks to remove the car from the home.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, contact the Iowa drunk driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.



Woman pleads guilty in drunk driving case

A woman has plead guilty to a drunk driving charge after the death of an East Moline mother.

The 44-year-old woman was in tears as she admitted in front of a jury that she was driving intoxicated when she crossed the center line of U.S. 67. After crossing the center, she struck a car and killed a 39-year-old woman inside. She plead guilty to homicide by vehicle operating while intoxicated.

The mother who was killed had a 21-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter, who is now living with an aunt. The woman plead guilty because she knew it was the right thing to do, sources close to her say that she feels horrible about what happened.

Drunk driving accidents not only put the driver in danger, but everyone else on the road. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim.



Guilty plea reached in drunk boating case

The boat driver accused of drunk driving in a boating accident in 2009 that killed his friend pleaded guilty this Wednesday to operating a boat while intoxicated causing death. He will serve two years in prison.

The incident occurred on June 27, 2009, on the Missouri River near the Port Neal Industrial complex in rural Salix, Iowa.

Both men were heading back home after a day of drifting southbound on the river when the driver stopped to avoid a large wave. His friend, who was bent over the rail, was thrown overboard. He was submerged in the wave and died.

The guilty plea was part of a deal wherein prosecutors dropped additional charges against the man.

The incident was an unfortunate and tragic accident, but the driver did not deserve prison time for it, the killed man’s mother said.



Drunk driver kills passenger in single-vehicle crash

According to Iowa State Police, a 47-year-old woman was killed Saturday night in a single-vehicle accident six miles southeast of Mount Pleasant.

The driver of the pickup truck in which she was riding, a 64-year-old Mount Pleasant man, is in critical condition.

Authorities believe that the man lost control of the pickup when he attempted to round a bend and flipped over into a rain filled ditch.

Investigation is ongoing, but it is believed that alcohol was the leading cause of the accident.

Drunk driving kills people in the driver’s car and in other innocent victim’s cars. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a negligent, reckless drunk driver, call the Iowa drunk driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.



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.



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