3 Injured in 2-Vehicle Suspected Drunk Driving Crash in Ely
Three people were injured and another was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving following a two-vehicle crash in Ely on Wednesday night.
Deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle head-on collision near the corner of Ely and Seven Sisters Roads at around 6:11 p.m.
According to the authorities, 35-year-old Richard Dane Jedlicka was driving northbound on Ely Road in a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck and crossed the center line, colliding head-on with a southbound 2016 Kia Soul.
The Kia was driven by 29-year-old Jesse Thomas Ozbun and he had two passengers – 26-year-old Shawnee Renae Lines and 4-year-old Hunter Ozbun. All three were injured in the crash.
Jedlicka’s truck flipped over and stopped upside down in the roadway. The Kia went down into a ditch and caught on fire. Both Lines and Hunter Ozbun were pulled from the vehicle while it was in flames.
The three victims were rushed to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Lines’ injuries are considered life-threatening and she was airlifted. The other two were brought by a traditional ambulance and their injuries have been deemed serious.
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Financial Compensation Options For People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Iowa
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents people who have been injured by drunk drivers in civil lawsuits. Here are some of his thoughts on the different types of liability and financial compensation for drunk driving crashes in Iowa:
In Iowa and all other states, people who have been injured by drunk drivers have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver. Additionally, Iowa is one of several states with laws which, under certain conditions, allow injured individuals to file lawsuits against alcohol vendors who provide alcohol to drunk drivers prior to the crash.
This second type of lawsuit is known as a “dram shop” claim. These laws vary from state to state. According to the Iowa Dram Shop Act, alcohol vendors can be held liable for injuries caused by their customers if they sold or served alcohol to someone who was intoxicated or appeared to be intoxicated at the time of the sale.
So if a bartender continues someone who is visibly intoxicated and that person injures others due to their intoxication, the bar owner could potentially be held liable in a dram shop claim. The injured person also may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the person who injured them.
Each drunk driving crash case is unique. In order to fully understand your legal options after being hit by a drunk driver in Iowa, we recommend discussing your case with an experienced drunk driving crash victims lawyer.
The Intersection of Ely Road and 7 Sisters Road in Iowa
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