Two WHO-TV reporters separately arrested for drunk driving

Posted on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 at 8:36 pm    

Two WHO-TV news anchors were arrested in Iowa within one day of each other on drunk driving charges, an article by the New York Daily News stated on June 10.

On June 7, award-winning news reporter Sonya Heitshusen was stopped by police in Cedar Rapids and refused to submit to a field sobriety test. Heitshusen, 47, also avoided a breath test at the police station. The day before, news reporter Erik Wheater was also arrested for drunken driving. Police reportedly stopped the 25-year-old TV reporter’s vehicle after noticing a missing front license plate. Wheater was taken into custody after police noticed irregular behavior.

Fortunately, no one was injured by these two drunk drivers. However, this is not often the case. If you or a loved one has been injured by an intoxicated driver anywhere in Cedar Rapids, the attorneys at Leehey Olson Law, P.C., may represent you. Speak with us today by calling (319) 294-4424.

Elderly man died in pedestrian accident

Posted on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 at 7:05 pm    

The man struck by a vehicle while walking on a crosswalk lane in Iowa died on June 4, the Sioux City Journal reported.

Robert Ibsgaard, 70, on May 29 was walking on a pedestrian lane across Hamilton Boulevard when he was struck by a vehicle operated by Mark Beltran. The 22-year-old driver reportedly fled the accident scene, but authorities later found him. Though charges of not yielding on a pedestrian lane, fleeing the accident scene, and driving with an invalid license were filed against Beltran, police may file additional charges against him. The incident continues to be investigated.

If a loved one has died by the negligent actions of a reckless drivers, it is important to enlist a lawyer’s assistance to represent you and pursue damages against those responsible. Find out how the Cedar Rapids-based lawyer Leehey Olson Law, P.C., may work for you today by calling (319) 294-4424

Two bars may be held liable in fatal drunk driving accident

Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2014 at 6:47 pm    

The two businesses in Iowa that allowed pickup driver Bryan Cornwell to get drunk before he caused a fatal accident last June now face lawsuits holding them responsible, an article by the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier stated on May 23.

The family of Kathlyn Leekley, who died in the motorcycle crash, and Derek Lee Martie both filed lawsuits against Bucketz Bar & Grill and Heartland Acres Agribition. The lawsuits claimed that the two businesses let Cornwell, 22, get drunk by serving him too many drinks. On June 22 of last year, Leekley and Martie were riding a motorcycle home from a date when they were struck by a pickup truck driven by Cornwell, who had a blood alcohol level of 0.214. Leekley died of multiple injuries days after the crash. Martie survived, although he was left blind and with a mangled leg. This March, Cornwell was sentenced to prison for 32 years.

Families who have lost their loved ones in fatal crashes caused by intoxicated drivers often suffer great financial loss in addition to their emotional burden. If you are in this situation, the Cedar Rapids-based lawyers at the Leehey Olson Law, P.C. may represent you. Find out how we may possibly help you recover your financial loss today by calling (319) 294-4424.

Infant dead, 3 seriously injured in western Iowa house fire

Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 at 10:04 pm    

Six-month-old Mayci Colburn-Lerette has been killed and three of her family members seriously injured in a fire that broke out in their western Iowa home, The Des Moines Register reported on May 11.

Assistant Council Bluffs Fire Chief Justin James stated that the fire broke out on the first floor of the home at around 8:00 p.m. on May 10. Authorities are still investigating what caused the unfortunate house fire.

Our entire team at Leehey Olson Law, P.C. would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those affected by this unfortunate tragedy.

GM to recall nearly 52k new model SUVs with software issue

Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 6:33 pm    

Automaker General Motors Co. (GM) recently issued a recall of at least 51,640 recent Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) due to a software malfunction that may fail to give accurate fuel level reading in the vehicles, Bloomberg stated on May 4.

GM identified that the 2014 models of GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, and Chevrolet Traverse may have an issue in the engine control system. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), unexpected engine stalling that may lead to traffic accidents could occur in affected SUVs if drivers are unable to determine the accurate fuel reading. The SUVs will be repaired by GM dealers by re-calibrating their fuel systems for free.

If you believe you have been injured by a defective vehicle in the Cedar Rapids area, the legal team at Leehey Olson Law, P.C. may support your case and could possibly help you recover from a financial loss. Speak with us today by calling (319) 294-4424, and find out how we may assist you.    

Felt Bicycles recalls defective triathlon cycles

Posted on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 7:12 pm    

Thousands of potentially dangerous bicycles sold in the United States and Canada were recalled after injuries were reported.

Reports mention that the recall affects about 3,500 Felt triathlon bikes. The defective bikes have breakable aluminum steering tubes. Owners of the affected bicycles could sustain injuries if the steer tube suddenly breaks while the bike is in motion.

Felt Bicycles received at least 18 complaints related to the defective bikes. Consumers who own the recalled bikes are advised to contact the company through their hotline for a free steering tube replacement.

People who are injured while using defective products could old the manufacturer accountable for the financial losses related to their injuries. If you have been injured by a dangerous product in Cedar Rapids, the attorneys at the Leehey Olson Law, P.C., can discuss your legal options with you. Call our offices today at (319) 294-4424.


Pedestrian fatally struck in Dubuque County

Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at 4:27 pm    

A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a vehicle operated by a drunken driver in Dubuque County, an article by stated on April 6.

Reports from local Sheriff’s deputies show that the deadly accident occurred at around 2:00 a.m. on April 6 on Highway 20 when an unidentified pedestrian was struck by a vehicle driven by Alex Hannan. The pedestrian succumb to death due to critical injuries sustained in the crash.

A charge of driving while intoxicated was filed against Hannan, and he was booked in Dubuque County Jail.

The deepest thoughts and condolences of our team at the Leehey Olson Law, P.C. go out to the family and friends suffering through this recent loss.

Iowa man sentenced to prison for fatal DUI accident

Posted on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at 4:28 pm    

A man that caused a fatal roadway accident was sentenced to 32 years in prison on Monday, March 24.

In June of 2013, Bryan Cromwell, 22, of northern Iowa drunkenly struck a motorcycle while driving a pickup. Derek Martie, 24, the driver of the motorcycle, was injured while Katlyn Leekley, 20, died in the accident. Cromwell recently plead guilty to multiple charges including vehicular homicide.

The attorneys at the Leehey Olson Law, P.C., are committed to representing Cedar Rapids injury victims. If your injuries have been caused by someone else’s negligence, you should not be held responsible for covering related expenses. Call (319) 294-4424 to discuss your case with an experienced member of our legal team.

Ignition interlock devices required for vehicles of DUI offenders

Posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 7:51 pm    

On March 11, Iowa lawmakers voted to amend the current drunk driving law.

In a vote of 28-20, the Iowa senate approved an amendment to the current drunk driving bill. The change will require drunk driving offenders to have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles before being allowed on the road. The ignition interlock device disables the car from starting if the driver is intoxicated.

Unfortunately victims of drunken driving accidents often suffer from serious injuries. If you have been injured because of the carelessness of a drunk driver, you shouldn’t be responsible for expenses related to your injuries. Attorneys at the Leehey Olson Law, P.C., represent injury victims in Cedar Rapids. To learn more about your legal options, call (319) 294-4424.

Bill approved in Iowa to make texting while driving a primary offense

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 9:19 pm    

A bill that makes texting and driving a primary offense in Iowa was just passed by the state Senate. Legislators hope that the law will lessen the amount of car accidents caused by distracted drivers.

The Senate Study Bill 3191 sponsored by Senator Tod Bowman (D-Maquoketa) was approved on Thursday, February 20. A House deliberation is expected in the following weeks. Under the approved bill, police may cite drivers on the road who are seen using their mobile phones to send short messages.

Before the passing of the bill, people using cellular phones to send text messages were given a ticket only if they were violating other traffic regulations.

Texting while driving can cause serious injuries to other motorists or pedestrians on the road. If you have been injured by a distracted driver in Cedar Rapids, the lawyers of Leehey Olson Law, P.C., could help you hold careless drivers accountable. Speak with a member of our legal team today by calling (319) 294-4424.


Thousands of Chrysler vans recalled

Posted on Saturday, February 15th, 2014 at 4:57 pm    

Nearly 10,000 Chrysler vans are being recalled due to a design defect.

Reports indicate that the accelerator pedals of 9,655 Ram ProMaster Vans could become stuck while accelerating. Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said the problem was discovered at a Chrysler test track.

Incidents of crashes or injuries involving the affected vans were not reported. Chrysler will repair the accelerator pedal for no cost to the car owner.

Defective vehicle design may result in serious injuries if an accident occurs. If vehicle malfunction is responsible for your injuries, consult with the Cedar Rapids lawyers of Leehey Olson Law, P.C.. Contact our office today at (319) 294-4424.

2 sisters killed in fatal head-on crash

Posted on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at 8:46 pm    

Two sisters from Forest City instantly died after their vehicle slammed head on into another vehicle in Crystal Lake on Saturday, January 25.

According to reports, the car accident happened at around 11 a.m. when the eastbound vehicle of 19-year old Tiffany and 15-year-old Chyann Banta crossed into oncoming traffic and slammed into an approaching vehicle at B14 and Maple Avenue. The two sisters were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver of the other vehicle, identified as 68-year-old Steven Hanna, did not sustain injuries in the crash.

The lawyers at the Leehey Olson Law, P.C. send their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the Banta sisters who are mourning their recent loss.

Four persons killed, two injured in Fayette County crash

Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at 11:01 pm    

Four people were killed and two others were seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident in northeast Clermont on Friday, January 10 said.

Reports from the police stated that the accident happened at around 8A a.m. when the westbound vehicle driven by 28-year-old Shariff Hussein Warsame lost control on Highway 18 and struck another vehicle driven by 57-year-old Tony Alan Schlee. Warsame and his three passengers were killed in the accident. Schlee and his passenger Pamela Ann Schlee were trapped inside their vehicle and were later brought to Palmer Luther Hospital after sustaining serious injuries.

Other details regarding the fatal accident were not available as of press time.

Our lawyers from the Leehey Olson Law, P.C. send their sincere condolences to anyone affected by this tragedy.

Mainstays table sets recalled by Walmart

Posted on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 at 5:48 pm    

Multinational retailer Walmart is recalling thousands of table sets that were sold in the U.S. after several injuries were reported.

Walmart issued the recall on Thursday, January 2. The recall affects over 70,000 card table sets manufactured by the “Mainstays” home goods company. The defective tables and chairs were sold in the U.S. from May 2013 to November 2013.

Injury reports range from minor injuries like back aches to major injuries such as finger amputations. Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the table set and return it to Walmart for a refund.

Manufacturers should be held responsible for the injuries that their products cause to consumers. If you have been injured by defective products in Cedar Rapids, contact the Leehey Olson Law, P.C.. Give us a call at (319) 294-4424 to speak with an experienced professional today. 


Officials cite speed as a factor in the Bronx train derailment

Posted on Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 10:06 pm    

Federal investigators said that extreme speed played a factor in the Sunday, December 1 Bronx commuter train accident.

An expert from the National Transportation Safety Board said that, based on the data from the locomotive’s system, the train was traveling at 82 mph as it neared a curve with a maximum speed of 30 mph.

Train engineer, William Rockefeller, reportedly failed to apply the brakes as it came near the curve. Rockefeller explained that the train failed to slow down even though he applied the brakes. The Metro-North commuter train went off its tracks, killing 4 people and injuring 67 others.

The attorneys of Leehey Olson Law, P.C., extend our sincere condolences to those affected by this tragic accident.

Recorded number of traffic deaths in Iowa low this year

Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 8:52 pm    

The number of traffic-related deaths this year is slightly lower compared to last year’s numbers, according to a report released on Wednesday, November 27.

Compared to last year, the number of road-related deaths recorded fell by 42 this year, with a total of  280 thus far compared to last year’s 322, Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Scott Bright said. He also stated that he believes most people who were involved in serious accidents this year survived because of the road improvements made on the Iowa Interstates, like the cable lines that were installed in the median lane to prevent vehicle from crossing to the other lane. Sgt. Bright also noted that increased road enforcement, educated drivers, and advance safety and design developments in vehicles helped ccount for the dip in traffic deaths.

The legal team at Leehey Olson Law, P.C. helps people in Iowa who have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Call us at  (319) 294-4424 to talk with us if you are dealing with such a situation and want to know what legal options are available to you.

Police suspect abusive behavior led to a toddler’s severe burns

Posted on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 at 4:44 pm    

2-year-old Tavion Moore was taken to Iowa City hospital after sustaining severe second and third degree burns on his hands. Tavion was under the care of his fathers girlfriend when the incident occurred.

The girlfriend of the boy’s father said the burn was an accident caused by the dishwasher. After examining the burns, Sgt. Steve Woody said that they appear to be signs of abuse. According to a medical professional, the burns were caused by extremely hot water or oil.

Extra care and protection must be extended to children since they are not able to fully protect themselves from hazardous situations. When a child sustains injuries due to negligence in the Cedar Rapids area, contact the Leehey Olson Law, P.C., at 319-294-4424 to find out available legal provisions.

Meat products with possible contaminants recalled

Posted on Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 6:57 pm    

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled over 22,000 pounds of food due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogene bacteria. This bacteria can cause Listeriosis, an infection that is potentially fatal. Symptoms of Listeriosis include fever, muscle aches,  and digestive complications.

The products recalled include chicken salad, ham salad, potato salad, and barbecue beans with beef. The products were distributed widely across the United States and Canada.

The contamination was detected upon a food retesting ordered by the Food and Drug Administration and conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

So far, there have not been any reported cases of illness relating to the recalled products. Federal agencies are still urging consumers that have bought the products to return them immediately.

Becoming ill from contaminated foods and other products can cause an array of health complications. If you have encountered a harmful product in the Cedar Rapids area, contact the Leehey Olson Law, P.C., at (319) 294-4424 to find out what we can do for you.


15 million defective surge protectors recalled

Posted on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 10:02 am    

Schneider Electric IT Corp voluntarily recalled millions of defective electrical surge protectors due to a risk of overheating and causing fires, according to Reuters on Thursday, October 3.

The company is recalling 15 million “SurgeArrest” series 7 and 8 surge protectors sold in the U.S. after receiving reports in which the defective devices overheated and caused fire. About $1.7 million worth of damages affected home and medical properties, and 13 people suffered from burn injuries and inhalation of smoke.

Consumers are advised to avoid using the recalled electrical devices that were sold from 1993 until 2002 and return it immediately for a
product replacement.

Sadly, at the Leehey Olson Law, P.C. our lawyers know that many people in Cedar Rapids sustain serious injuries as a result of defective electrical
devices. If you or a loved one has been harmed by these surge protectors or other unsafe products, call us at (319) 294-4424 to find out how we may be able to help you.

Contaminated sunscreen lotions for kids and babies recalled

Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 9:27 am    

Thousands of potentially contaminated baby and kids’ sunscreen lotions have been voluntarily recalled by W.S. Badger Co. Inc. News of the recall was reported on Wednesday, September 25 by NBC News.

The recall affects at least 30,000 4 oz. SPF 30 baby and kids sunscreen lotions that may contain Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida parapsilosis, and Acremonium fungi. The mentioned microbial contaminants are known to be hazardous to humans and animals. According to the manufacturer, though the recalled products had passed the required test before being released to the market, its preservatives were found to be compromised after a routine re-testing was performed.

There were no reported illnesses linked to the recalled sunscreen lotions, and consumers were advised to immediately avoid using the product and return it for a refund.

Suffering illnesses caused by recalled products can have serious consequences for the victim and their family. Thus, if you or a loved one has been harmed by a negligent manufacturer in Cedar Rapids, get in touch with a lawyer at the Pete Leehey Law Firm. Call (319) 294-4424 today to learn more about your legal actions.          

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