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One dead after driver adjusts car mirror and runs over family on bicycles



This news story was published on June 27, 2018.
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RURAL PALO ALTO COUNTY – One person is dead after a driver adjusted his car mirror and ran over a family on their bicycles.

Duane Francis Anderson, age 83 of Estherville, Iowa, was driving southbound on County Road N40 in his 2006 Dodge van at about 1:26 PM on Tuesday, June 26 when, according to a report from the Iowa State Patrol, he began to adjust his mirror. At the same time, a family of 3 were on two bicycles, also traveling southbound, side-by-side in the outer portion of the same lane. Anderson allegedly failed to see the bicyclists and then struck both of them.

Killed in the collision was 36-year-old Luke Bryan Rouse of Emmetsburg, Iowa; he and bicycle were thrown into the west ditch. Injured was 33-year-old Lacey Jo Rouse, also of Emmetsburg, and her four-year-old son Hank. They were knocked down. Lacey Jo Rouse was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

The accident remains under investigation.

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3 Responses to One dead after driver adjusts car mirror and runs over family on bicycles

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 27, 2018 at 10:25 am

    They have a right to ride bicycle, but is risky on highways. Feel very bad for family. Sad deal.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 27, 2018 at 8:52 am

    I have seen some people on bicycles and makes me wonder why they want to ride in traffic – not a good choice.

  3. allen Reply Report comment

    June 27, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Adjusting your mirror isn’t going to help when you can’t see 100 feet in front of you.