Clarinda woman injured in fiery cycle crash


May 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A collision between a small car and a motorcycle Saturday evening in Montgomery County resulted in one injury and the cycle bursting into flames. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 41-year old Patricia O’Neal, of Clarinda, was flown by Lifenet Helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha following the crash on Highway 71, at around 5:25-p.m. Officials say O’Nea was traveling north on 71 on a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle and started to turn east onto 155th Street, when she turned back onto 71. 31-year old Jamie Lagassie, of Atlantic, was behind the cycle and and attempting to pass it on the left as it was turning right. When the cycle merged back on to 71, it was hit by Lagassie’s 2012 Ford Focus. O’Neal was thrown from her cycle, which then burst into flames. A report on the womans’ condition was not available late Saturday night. Lagassie was not injured in the crash.