A date has been set for a lawsuit filed against Marion County and a sheriff’s deputy from a 2017 accident.
Mark Joseph Mullen and Tina Maureen Lee-Chenet claim in a lawsuit filed May 2019 that Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Duane Lee Reed made an illegal U-turn causing an accident.
Mullen was driving a motorcycle and Lee-Chenet was a passenger. They say Reed’s actions caused an accident that led to injuries to both on July 15, 2017, near Pershing in southeastern Marion County.
According to the lawsuit filing, Reed had pulled over another vehicle and was making a U-turn to head eastbound on Highway G-62.
The type of injuries sustained were not mentioned in the lawsuit. Mullen and Lee-Chenet are seeking medical expenses and restitution for pain and suffering.
On Monday, a jury trial was set for Nov. 16, 2020. It is expected to last five days.
The Iowa State Patrol investigated the crash, which occurred at approximately 10:18 a.m. July 15, 2017. The report states that Reed was facing eastbound off the roadway, then turned around in the travel portion of the roadway to face eastbound. As Reed was turning the vehicle, the report states, his vehicle was struck in the rear by a westbound Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by Mullen. Reed told a trooper he did not see the motorcycle as he attempted to turn, according to the report.
Mullen and Lee-Chenet were transported to the Knoxville Hospital by ambulance, both were listed as having suspected minor injuries.
The Marion County Board of Supervisors met privately in a closed session Tuesday for about a half-hour to discuss pending or ongoing litigation. The specific topic wasn’t disclosed, however, and no action was taken following the closed session.
Among those in the room were Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholdt and Marion County Attorney Ed Bull.
Both the county and Reed are being represented by Apryl M. DeLange, an attorney from Hopkins & Huebner, P.C. of Des Moines. A response from either defendant has not yet been filed.