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Driver pleads guilty to crash that killed Iowa State student

A 62-year-old recently pleaded guilty to one count of criminal vehicular operation and one count of criminal vehicular homicide in relation to a December 2011 accident that claimed the life of an Iowa State student. The 62-year-old was reportedly under the influence at the time of the crash and did not even initially realize he had struck three people.

In looking at what happened, the night of the fatal crash there were actually two accidents. In the first one, the Iowa State student was driving a pickup truck and merging onto an interstate when the truck collided with another car. This caused the second car to rollover.

The Iowa State student and a witness to the crash went to go help the driver in the rolled over vehicle. However, while helping -- even though a number of vehicles were reportedly pulled over to the side with their flashers on -- the 62-year-old driver somehow did not see them and crashed into the three.

The Iowa State student was instantly killed. The two others were severely injured, both requiring amputations.

However, since the 62-year-old driver supposedly thought he had just hit a bumper from the first accident, he continued driving on after the crash. He did stop to check his vehicle shortly up the road, but then drove the rest of the way home.

In looking at this case, for one student to die and two others to have their lives changed forever is surely devastating. And to learn the driver was allegedly under the influence only makes this story that much more difficult to comprehend, as it could have possibly been avoided had alcohol not played a role.

Source: CBS, "Guilty Plea In Hit-&-Run Crash That Killed 1, Severely Injured 2," April 4, 2013

  • Drunk drivers are responsible for thousands of fatal accidents every year. Our law firm represents those who are injured or the family of those killed. To learn more, visit our Des Moines drunk driving accident page.

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