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Car Accident in New Hampton, IA, Injures Two on 180th Street

New Hampton, IA — At least two people were seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident in New Hampton, Iowa, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The accident took place on 180th Street, east of Gilmore Avenue.

Police have identified Jessica Zeien-Cox as the 19-year-old driver who drove her vehicle into a ditch with three others inside. The passengers were 21-year-old Samuel Dight, 18-year-old Caleb Schadt, and 19-year-old Devan Elliot. The exact nature of the injuries they suffered is unknown.

Police only recently arrested Zeinen-Cox for the accident. She’s been charged with OWI and two counts of serious injury by vehicle. The accident is currently being investigated.

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Scene of the Accident


There may be some liability issues with where the driver got her alcohol from. If she was visibly intoxicated and bought it from a bar, the bar may have some questions it needs to answer, as they’re not allowed to serve people who are already drunk. However, the larger issue is what a driver owes their passengers. In a sense, a driver is a caretaker, and owes his or her passengers a certain duty of care. If you get behind the wheel while intoxicated, that duty is being breached, and the law says that you can be held liable for it.

— Grossman Law Offices

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