Iowa family seeks justice after father of five dies in motorcycle accident

There will be an empty seat at a Marshalltown family’s Thanksgiving this year. Robbi Kluck, a father of five, was killed in an accident in May. Kluck was driving his motorcycle on North 10th Ave in front of the JBS factory in Marshalltown on May 16 when first responders rushed to the rescue. He was flown to Des Moines but later died from his injuries. “My heart was broken. It was devastating to know that these children will never be able to speak to their father again,” said Dylan Schumacher, Robbi’s lifelong friend. Kluck leaves behind a nine-year-old girlfriend and five children. According to his family, the tragic accident was made worse when they found out Wyatt Rodriguez, Kit Kluck’s driver, had a driver’s license suspended. “He knew he shouldn’t be driving,” said Schumacher. “The state knew he shouldn’t drive, the police knew he shouldn’t drive.” Since the charges did not reach the level of a felony, Rodriguez Kluck’s family did not have to pay compensation. Attorney Ben Lynch says the district attorney would have to prove Rodriguez was reckless in order to charge him with involuntary manslaughter. “You would have to be able to prove that someone did something that wasn’t entirely intentional but was almost negligent enough to be punishable by law,” Lynch said. Marshall County Attorney Jordan Gaffney told me that the evidence did not meet the criteria for involuntary manslaughter by vehicle. Wyatt Rodriguez sent KCCI a statement, which read in part, “This was such a traumatic experience for me and such an unfortunate event for the family. I am deeply empathetic about this. “He said he pleaded guilty to his charges and the crash was ruled an accident. Kluck’s family has kept items he was wearing that day, including his helmet. As they seek justice, they take comfort in the fact that he is an organ donor who saved five lives. Kluck’s organ donor blanket hangs proudly in his old living room. “A little piece of him is still here with us,” said Sc humacher. Kluck’s mother says they are now filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

There will be an empty seat at a Marshalltown family’s Thanksgiving this year.

Robbi Kluck, father of five children, died in an accident in May.

Kluck rode his motorcycle on North 10th Ave in front of the JBS factory in Marshalltown on May 16.

A truck spun in front of him.

Kluck was pinned under the truck when first responders came to the rescue. He was flown to Des Moines but later died from his injuries.

“My heart was broken. It was devastating to know that these children will never be able to speak to their father again,” said Dylan Schumacher, Robbi’s lifelong friend.

Kluck leaves behind a nine-year-old girlfriend and five children.

According to his family, the tragic accident was made worse when they found out Wyatt Rodriguez, Kit Kluck’s driver, had a driver’s license suspended.

“He knew he shouldn’t be driving,” said Schumacher. “The state knew he shouldn’t drive, the police knew he shouldn’t drive.”

Since the charges did not reach the level of a felony, Rodriguez Kluck’s family did not have to pay compensation.

Attorney Ben Lynch says the district attorney must prove Rodriguez was reckless in order to charge him with involuntary manslaughter.

“You would have to be able to prove someone didn’t do something quite intentionally, but almost up to that point their actions were so negligent that it should be punishable,” Lynch said.

Marshall County Attorney Jordan Gaffney told me the evidence did not meet the criteria for involuntary manslaughter.

Wyatt Rodriguez sent a statement to KCCI, which read in part, “This has been such a traumatic experience for me and such an unfortunate event for the family. I am deeply compassionate.”

He went on to say he pleaded guilty to his charges and the crash was ruled an accident.

Kluck’s family has preserved items he was wearing that day, including his helmet.

As they seek justice, they find solace in the fact that he was an organ donor who saved five lives.

Kluck’s organ donation blanket hangs proudly in his old living room.

“A little piece of him is still here with us,” said Schumacher.

Kluck’s mother says they are now filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

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