Fairfield man injured in motorcycle accident
A Fairfield man was injured in a motorcycle accident at 5:03 a.m. Sunday in Eldon.
Keith Kelly Lancaster, age 37, was driving a 2005 Harley-Davidson FLTRI motorcycle northbound on Highway 63 near the intersection of River Road, and Kenneth Rex Games, age 89, of Bloomfield was driving a 2006 Chevrolet HHR southbound on the highway. The two vehicles collided.
According to the Iowa State Patrol crash report, evidence at the scene showed that the motorcycle crossed the centerline and sideswiped the HHR. The motorcycle crossed back across the centerline and entered the east ditch, coming to rest on its left side in the ditch. The HHR came to rest on the traveled portion of the road in the southbound lane. According to the report, Games was wearing his seatbelt and had a driver side airbag deploy. Lancaster’s motorcycle helmet, with the chinstrap unfastened, was found in the grass near the motorcycle.
Lancaster received incapacitating injuries and was taken by Ottumwa Regional Ambulance to Ottumwa Regional Hospital.
A blood alcohol test was given to Lancaster, and the crash report states he was “under the influence of alcohol/drugs/medications.”
Lancaster was charged with driving on the wrong side of a two-way highway.
The motorcycle was totaled. Damage was estimated at $5,000.
A family member said Lancaster was flown to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. According to University hospital officials, no information is available for Lancaster. Personnel have explained having no information available could mean the person is not a patient at the hospital or the patient or family members did not or could not give permission for information to be released.
The family member said surgeons amputated Lancaster’s left leg above the knee and stitched up numerous wounds to his head and face. His left arm also was severely damaged and has been pinned in a natural position for repair, if possible, once he is more stable.
The family member also said a CT scan showed no brain trauma or internal injuries, but that Lancaster “has a very tough battle ahead of him.”
To help the family, donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/dittus or dropped off to Shea Barber at The Collector Store, 59 E. Broadway Ave., between 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday or between noon and 7 p.m. Sunday.
The report stated Games received “possible” injuries, and his vehicle had disabling damage estimated at $5,000.
The report also stated the unlit road was dark and it was foggy.