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Iowa man killed in two-vehicle collision

A 45-year-old man from Norwalk was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Des Moines. The other driver involved was questioned by police in the incident. Police continue to investigate the crash.

According to police, they received a report about a car crash on Highway 5 on Des Moines' south side. The accident took place at about 7:50 a.m. A pick-up truck driven by a 40-year-old man from Des Moines was headed west when it slid across the median and crashed into the vehicle driven by a 46-year-old man. The man was declared dead at the scene of the accident.

Police were speculating if road conditions due to the weather played a role in the accident. Snow had been falling since the previous night, and the National Weather Service announced that some inches were expected to accumulate in the area. Since it is not clear what caused the accident, police might possibly look at other factors, including if the driver of the pick-up truck was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash. They might also investigate if he had been texting or talking on his cell phone and was distracted while driving, therefore losing control of his vehicle and causing the accident.

The family of the man killed in the accident might seek the guidance of a personal injury lawyer while the investigation continues to find out if they are eligible to file a wrongful death claim. The lawyer might await the results of the investigation and consult any witness testimony to establish if the decedent's family can file a claim. If the family is eligible, they might be able to receive compensation for funeral and burial costs. Additionally, the family might recover damages for the loss of support provided by the decedent.

Source: KEYC-TV, "Police say 1 dead in car crash in Des Moines", February 04, 2014

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