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Iowa pedestrian accident on bridge kills 52-year-old man

An Iowa man was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver as he prepared to cross a bridge. The pedestrian accident was called into authorities after a friend of the victim reportedly told an eyewitness what had happened. Police, firefighters and ambulance personnel responded to the scene, but the 52-year-old man died after being taken to a local hospital. A 28-year-old woman was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash, and a witness said police told him that alcohol was a factor in the wreck. However, the accident remained under investigation.

The eyewitness said that two other people were with the victim when the accident occurred. He added that the man was unconscious, breathing unevenly and had lost a lot of blood. The witness reportedly gave his shirt to one of the women with the victim so that she could wrap the man's head to prevent further blood loss.

The witness also claimed that the police reacted in an unusual manner to the victim and his compatriots, who he said were wearing clothes that one might expect homeless people to wear. Their hair was unkempt and their clothes were described as baggy and ill-fitting by the witness. He added that the responding police officer's reaction was striking, as if the officer had almost seen the incident coming. The police officer was also described by the man as being more annoyed than anything else.

Serious injuries may result from a driver's failure to yield to people walking near or on the road, and a fatal pedestrian accident could be a possibility. A Michigan attorney with a background in litigation involving auto-pedestrian accidents may be able to help arrange financial compensation for those affected by such an incident.

Source: The Daily Iowan , "Pedestrian killed in IC crash", August 27, 2013

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