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Motorcycle accident leaves rider in critical condition

A single-vehicle accident involving a motorcycle left a Newton man in critical condition Monday afternoon.

Dillon Cupples, 27, was found unresponsive by Newton Police officers at 3:35 p.m. in the 300 block of East Eighth Street North. According to a press release by Newton Police Department, CPR was performed on Cupples before being transported away from the scene.

Witnesses at the scene allegedly told officers the motorcycle Cupples was riding left the road and went on to a curb, striking a fixed object. Newton Police officers are continuing to investigate the incident.

Cupples was initially transported to Skiff Medical Center by an ambulance before being transported to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, the release said.

Emergency Medical Services officials were able to confirm on Tuesday Cupples was in critical condition, but Mercy Medical Center did not immediately return phone calls for a status update as of presstime Wednesday.

“All I can tell you is the patient was in critical condition, and we turned him over to a Mercy One helicopter, and so they took him at that point,” said Rex Heisdorffer, Newton EMS Captain.

Heisdorffer also said HIPPA rules restrict him from giving more information unless the requesting party has the patient’s name, in which case, he can give the patient’s condition.

“What I can see in the HIPPA rules is if you ask specifically by name, then I am allowed to give you a one-word condition, like good, fair, serious or critical condition,” Heisdorffer said.

Contact Orrin Shawl at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or
oshawl@newtondailynews.com

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