August 19, 2022

July 28 accidents

No citations were issued following an accident on July 11 in the parking lot of the Family Dollar Store in Osceola.

According to an Osceola police report, Molly Rosenbalm of Woodburn was in a 2007 Chrysler 300. Rosenbalm’s medical boot hit both the gas and brake pedals, causing the car to hop over the parking spot and curb, causing her to run into the Family Dollar Store building. The vehicle had front left damage and the store had minor wood trim damage to the left of the entrance area.

Damage is estimated at $4,500 to the 2007 Chrysler and $100 in property damage to Family Dollar Store.

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No citations were issued following an accident on July 16 in the Pilot Travel Center parking lot.

According to an Osceola police report, an unoccupied pickup truck with a boat and trailer attached was legally parked when a 2016 Freightliner driven by Mohamed Abdi of Kansas City, Missouri, attempted to drive through the Pilot parking lot. Abdi turned the semi too sharply and hit the boat and boat trailer, causing damage to both plus the boat motor.

Damage is estimated at $7,000 to the trailer and boat, and $500 to the 2016 Freightliner.

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Robert Esparza, Des Moines, was cited for driving while revoked following an accident on July 17 on Kansas Street.

According to an Osceola police report, Esparza was driving a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle west on Clay Street and was unaware the road turned to gravel where it changes to Kansas Street. It appeared that when Esparza hit the gravel, he hit his front brake causing the front tire to slide out from under him, and the bike slid on the gravel. Serious injury was reported to both Esparza and his passenger, Deann Umphress of Des Moines. Both parties were transported to Clarke County Hospital via ambulance, and Umphress was then transported to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines by Mercy One helicopter.

Esparza did not have a license to drive or insurance.

Damage is estimated at $2,000 to the 2002 Harley Davidson.

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No citations were issued following an accident on South Fillmore Street on July 17.

According to an Osceola police report, Desirae Wadle of Pell City, Alabama, was driving a 2012 Hyundai Elantra southbound on Fillmore Street when a red Toyota that was westbound on Jefferson Street did not yield to the stop sign and hit Wadle.

Wadle told officers that the young man driving did not speak English, and that shortly after the crash a white Subaru arrived to look at the damage to both vehicles. Both the occupants of the white Subaru and the red Toyota told Wadle not to call police. Wadle said they needed a report for insurance, and the other party got in their vehicles and left westbound on Jefferson Street. Attempts to locate the red Toyota were unsuccessful.

Damage is estimated at $6,000 to the 2012 Hyundai.

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No citations were issued following an accident on July 18 in the HyVee Parking lot.

According to an Osceola police report, Miriam Swartzentruber of Leon, driving a 2006 Pontiac G6, was looking for a spot to park in the parking lot of HyVee. Swartzentruber passed an open spot and began to back up to the spot. Behind her vehicle was a 2013 Ford Edge driven by Katherine Johnston of Kellerton, who honked her horn and attempted to veer to the side. Johnston was unsuccessful, and Swartzentruber backed into her vehicle. Swartzentruber was found at fault for unsafe backing and failing to yield to another vehicle.

Damage is estimated at $1,000 to the 2006 Pontiac and $2,000 to the 2013 Ford.

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No citations were issued following a traffic accident at the intersection of Highway 34 and Warren Avenue on July 21.

According to an Osceola police report, Teresa Sheehan of Osceola was driving a 2006 Saturn Vue west on West McLane when she attempted to turn south onto Warren Ave. Sheehan told officers that at the time of the accident, they had a green light and were already in the intersection attempting to make their turn. Sheehan said that eastbound traffic had a red light.

Almilcar Ramos, Osceola, driving a 2020 Ford F150 was traveling eastbound on McLane Street when the light at the intersection turned yellow. Ramos was unsure if he’d be able to safely stop due to the location of his vehicle in the intersection and proceeded through the light, striking Sheehan’s vehicle on the passenger side between the front and rear door.

A passenger in Sheehan’s vehicle was taken by ambulance to the Clarke County Hospital.

Damage is estimated at $7,000 to the 2006 Saturn and $6,000 to the 2020 Ford.

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No citations were issued following an accident in the parking lot of Lakeside Casino, 777 Casino Drive, on July 22.

According to an Osceola police report, Leonard Walters of Milo, driving a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado, was attempting to back into the spot in front of a 2013 Mini Cooper. Walters hit both the driver side front and side fender with the hitch of his truck.

Damage is estimated at $3,000 to the 2013 Mini and $0.00 to the 2018 Chevrolet.