Red Light Video Camera Captured Cedar Rapids Crash on Tape

On November 9, 2011, a Cedar Rapids two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Sixth Street and Second Avenue SW. According to authorities, the crash happened around 12:25 Wednesday afternoon.

John L. Mouchka, 68, of Cedar Rapids, was traveling westbound in a pickup and broadsided a northbound vehicle driven by Linda E. Merritt, 62, of Cedar Rapids. Both cars were totaled in the wreck, and Merritt was transported by ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital for injuries sustained in this wreck. Mouchka declined medical care, although he suffered a bruise to his hand.

Both drivers told authorities they thought they had the green light, with neither party admitting fault. Two different red light video cameras captured this Cedar Rapids crash. Police then looked at the videos to determine who was at fault.

According to the video footage, Merritt had a red light for several seconds prior to her entering the intersection. She was cited for failure to obey a traffic signal.

Police have indicated that there are seven intersections in Cedar Rapids with cameras to monitor red-light runners, and they have captured over ten accidents on camera.

The Law Offices of Brady Preston Gronlund would like to extend our best wishes for a full and complete recovery to both parties who were injured in this auto accident.

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