Posted on May 6th, 2013
A new court date was set for Yichun Xu. The Chinese student is facing a trial based on a charge of vehicular manslaughter, a King County prosecutor spokesman said.
Prosecutors were worried that Xu would fly to China to escape the manslaughter charges. But according to spokesman Dan Donohoe, Xu had a meeting with prosecutors and is now scheduled to appear back in court on May 8. Xu first appeared in court on April 10 after his family posted $2 million bail early in March.
Xu is facing vehicular manslaughter charges after running a stop sign and crashing into the car in which Brenda Gomez-Zapata and family members were riding.
Tragically, reckless driving, such as that which Xu committed, causes innocent people to lose their lives and suffer injuries. Speak with the legal team at LaMarca & Landry, P.C., about what you can do after you and/or your family has been involved in such a situation.
Posted on March 29th, 2013
A female police officer was accidentally struck by a vehicle in the 3100 block of 30th Street on the night of March 24.
Des Moines Police said Officer Candice Lassiter was critically injured when paramedics brought her to the hospital after she was struck by a car driven by 49-year-old Cory Wylie. According to reports, Wylie lost control of her vehicle when she accidentally struck Officer Lassiter. Police said Lassiter is awake, did not sustain broken bones, and is in stable condition after being rushed to the hospital.
Unfortunately, the reckless or negligent driving behaviors of other drivers all too often lead to serious accidents which affect innocent people. If this has happened to you, call 877-327-2600 to find out what your legal options are. Our legal team at LaMarca & Landry, P.C., can discuss your situation with you.
Posted on March 22nd, 2013
A head-on car crash caused two people to be injured in West Des Moines, on the morning of March 5, according to West Des Moines police .
Lt. James Barrett of the West Des Moines police said the accident happened in the 2800 block of E.P. True around 8 a.m. West Des Moines Fire Department members had to remove one of the injured drivers from his vehicle as he was stuck inside the damaged vehicle. The two drivers whose names and conditions were withheld following the accident were both rushed to the hospital for injuries they sustained.
Investigations were still ongoing as of press time and the cause of the head-on crash was still unknown as there were no witnesses to the crash and the police were unable to question the drivers.
Unfortunately, negligent parties, such as reckless drivers and reckless municipal agencies, cause many unsuspecting people to be harmed in car accidents every year. If this has happened to you, speak with an attorney from LaMarca & Landry, P.C., about your situation. By calling 877-327-2600, you can better understand your options for obtaining financial restitution for the losses you have likely sustained.
Posted on March 1st, 2013
A man and a young child were injured after the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) they were in rolled over multiple times in West Des Moines, Wednesday afternoon of February 27.
According to reports coming from the West Des Moines Police Department, the accident happened at Interstate 235 near 35th Street when an eastbound SUV lost control and rolled over twice after it hit a slippery spot on the road. The SUV landed on its roof at the side of the road, according to Sgt. Tayna Zaglauer. The driver and the child were both rushed to a local hospital for the minor injuries they sustained.
Unfortunately, inclement weather and factors outside of people’s control, including the reckless actions of others, often causes innocent people to be injured. If this has happened to you, speak with a lawyer from Lamarca & Landry, P.C., about your options for pursuing compensation. Call 877-327-2600 today to discuss your situation.
Posted on January 14th, 2013
Two people died while seven were injured in a car accident that involved more than 30 vehicles late last month.
The Iowa State Patrol blamed the accident on blowing snow that inhibited motorists’ visibility, resulting in the series of collisions that occurred, as drivers had difficulty seeing vehicles in front of them because of the inclement weather. Heavily ice- and snow-covered roads also added to the dangerous conditions. The area was closed for several hours while troopers removed the vehicles that were affected.
The Iowa State Patrol advised motorists to avoid driving in dangerous weather conditions such as the ones that caused this accident.
Our thoughts are with all the victims of this accident and their families.
Posted on November 5th, 2012
Early Friday morning in Iowa City, a 26-year-old Cedar Rapids woman was arrested after she was accused of driving under the influence, and refusing to let passengers out of her vehicle.
According to the two male passengers, the woman offered them a ride in her minivan to their desired destination. The men got into the motor vehicle, and were prepared to exit when they arrived at their destination. Discrepancies regarding the payment for the ride arose, and the driver drove off with the men still inside her vehicle.
The passengers became frightened and call Iowa City police, claiming that they were being held against their will. They felt that their only option was to jump from the vehicle before the driver turned onto Interstate 80. Police were able to locate the woman, who was driving west on I-80, and successfully pulled her over.
Police noted that the woman was intoxicated, and also smelled of marijuana. She was arrested, and held on a $6,000 cash-only bond.
Posted on October 2nd, 2012
The overall traffic-related deaths in Iowa are on the decline, but highway deaths are continuing to climb throughout the state. This rise in highway deaths is believed to be associated with the speed limit increase for rural highways that was implemented back in 2005.
The speed limit increase, from 65 mph to 70 mph, has contributed to the 10 percent rise in highway-related traffic deaths since 2005. Records available through the Iowa Department of Transportation indicate that there were 250 fatalities on the highways in Iowa between July 1, 2005 and December 31, 2011.
Safety experts claim that an increase in the speed limit directly correlates to an increase in traffic-related deaths. Factors that contribute to this reasoning include drivers traveling at excessive speeds, reckless driving, and unsafe road conditions.
Posted on September 5th, 2012
A 28-year-old Des Moines man was injured in a single-vehicle accident that occurred early Monday morning near Water Works Park.
The man was in the vehicle with a 23-year-old Clive man when the car was unable to complete a turn, and crashed near the north entrance to the park. The car was in water when Des Moines police officers arrived on the scene. The 23-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.
A passerby was able to pull the Des Moines man out of the vehicle, and he was then taken to a hospital that was in the area. He suffered injuries, but they were not considered to be life-threatening. An investigation into the car accident has begun, and an autopsy of the 23-year-old will also be conducted.
Posted on August 2nd, 2012
Around 3:30 a.m. this morning, a pedestrian lost his life after a semi truck made contact with him on Interstate 80 near Tiffin.
The Iowa State Patrol revealed that the pedestrian, a 34-year-old from Illinois, had pulled his vehicle onto the shoulder of the westbound lanes when the accident took place. He was walking towards the back of his car when the semi truck, traveling west, struck him as well as his vehicle.
The semi truck driver fled the scene after the accident. State troopers are asking the public for any information that can help them locate the semi truck and its driver. They also noted that the driver may not have been aware that he or she struck an individual in the accident.
We would like to offer our condolences to the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time.
Posted on July 10th, 2012
A two-vehicle accident sent six Iowa teenagers to the hospital on Saturday afternoon.
Around 1 p.m. in Schaller, a 15-year-old driver with a learner’s permit was traveling on a gravel road when the large amount of dust in the air caused her to cross onto the other side of the road, striking an oncoming vehicle. That oncoming vehicle was being driven by a 16-year-old driver.
There were four passengers in the 15-year-old’s vehicle, and every one of them sustained injuries in the accident.
The car of the driver responsible for the head-on collision had $3,000 worth of damage, and the other vehicle had $12,000 worth of damage from the accident.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. Please contact the car accident attorneys of LaMarca & Landry, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 today.