Four-Motorcycle Accident Leaves All Four Bikers Dead in Iowa
Four motorcyclists were killed last Monday in a tragic car vs. motorcycle accident on I-29 in Iowa, as an oncoming pickup truck swerved into their lane striking all 4 motorcycles.
According to Greg Schulte, a reporter for The Des Moines Register, the deceased motorcyclists have been identified as Dennis Chaney, 62, of Glenwood, Steven L. Benscoter, 62, of Pacific Junction, Jay C. Bock, 48, of Omaha, Nebraska, and Dale E. Aspedon, 49, of Glenwood.
The pickup truck driver who struck the four bikers has been identified, as well:
Officers also named Andrew Schlichtemeier, 21, as the pick-up driver who reportedly swerved into the oncoming lane in a construction zone and struck the bikers just south of Little Sioux.
Even though this event did not occur in Colorado, tragedy of this magnitude warrants scrutiny. Far too often, bikers pay the price for people driving cars in an unsafe manner. It appears that this may have been the case here too — at least according to media reports on the fatal accident.
Andrew Nelson and Dave Hendee, reporters for the Omaha World Herald, share with us some of the details regarding the possible involvement of alcohol in the accident:
Minutes before a pickup truck veered into them, someone reported an apparently intoxicated motorist buying beer at a Missouri Valley, Iowa, gas station. Descriptions of that customer matched that of Andrew Don Schlichtemeier, 21, of Murray, Neb., the driver of the pickup truck, said Lt. Brad Pollard of the Iowa State Patrol. Witnesses’ description of the man’s vehicle also matched the pickup Schlichtemeier was driving.
A witness called 911, and officers went to Missouri Valley after the man had left the gas station.
Pollard said the accident happened about 19 miles north of Missouri Valley, shortly after the beer purchase.
The article goes on to give an in depth account of the incident, including information on Schlichtemeier’s prior impaired driving violations. According to the report, Iowa officials are calling this “one of the worst motorcycle-fatality accidents the state has ever seen.”