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Iowa City Police Investigate Nasty Early Morning Crash at Linden Court and Court Street

Police currently suspect alcohol may have been involved in a single vehicle accident that ejected the driver from the vehicle.

Update (11:15 a.m.)

Brotherton told me that there should be no more updates to Ramirez's condition unless he takes a turn for the worse and dies of his injuries. She said at this time this is not expected to happen.

Update (10:37 a.m.)

Iowa City Police Sgt. Denise Brotherton told the Iowa City Press-Citizen that Ramirez is expected to survive this incident.

Brotherton said she doesn’t have specific information on Ramirez’ injuries, but said they are not thought to be life threatening, despite the fact that Ramirez was apparently ejected about 100 feet from the car. Paramedics provided aid to Ramirez at the scene before transporting him to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

“Obviously, he’s not in good shape,” Brotherton said. “The expectation is that he’ll survive."

You can read more of the Press-Citizen's coverage of the accident, including photos of the vehicle at here.

Previous Coverage

Iowa City Police are investigating a single-vehicle accident that sent one man to the hospital this morning after the car he was driving collided with several objects and was set ablaze.

According to a press release, on Aug. 9 at 2:02 a.m. an officer stopped a vehicle for speeding at the intersection of Court Street and Muscatine Avenue. The officer reported that the vehicle accelerated to an unsafe speed so the decision was made not to pursue. Soon after, as the officer was checking the area, he came upon a vehicle accident at Court Street and Linden Court.

Investigation revealed the vehicle had collided with a tree, fire hydrant, pole and other objects, throwing the driver, Angelo Ramirez, 29, of Iowa City from the car and setting the car fully on fire.

Police Officers and paramedics rushed to Ramirez and administered first aid and he was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for treatment of his injuries.

The police are still looking into the cause of the accident, but preliminary investigations have shown that alcohol may have been involved, according to police.

As of early Thursday morning Court Street is closed between Washington Park Road and Shrader Road and the public is asked to use alternate routes until the investigation can be completed.

Maria Houser Conzemius August 09, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I'm shocked. The alleged driver, Angelo Ramirez, could have killed someone! I know that police chases have created tragedies. We know a family tragically impacted by a police car chase out of state. Not sure what the answer is.
Stephen Schmidt August 09, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Update 9:53 a.m. "Iowa City Transit is currently detouring Court St Eastbound from Washington Park road to Westminster Street. This detour affects the outbound portions of the Court Hill and Eastside Express Routes. Outbound routing for these bus routes will resume once Iowa City Police have re-opened Court Street. "
Stephen Schmidt August 09, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Buses are now routing normally.

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