(Council Bluffs) The Iowa State Patrol says there was no reckless conduct in the accident last September that killed a Shelby, Iowa Firefighter.
The Iowa State Patrol says, on September 18, 2011, 41-year-old Michael Collins was directing traffic at an accident scene on Interstate 80 near Shelby. He was standing in the left lane when a Honda Accord driven by 44-year-old David L. Thies of Ames navigated his vehicle around slowed traffic and struck Collins. Collins died from his injuries.
Last month, Thies was ticketed following a long investigation by the Iowa State Patrol. He pleaded guilty. Court documents say his fine and court costs added up to $127.50.
Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber told the Omaha World Herald that an overtly reckless act such as drunken driving or drag racing would be necessary for a charge like motor vehicle homicide to be filed. But all of Thies’ tests came back clean so there was no showing of reckless conduct.
February 14, 2012