Iowa Supreme Court
320 N.W.2d 608 (1982)
Michael McFadden (defendant) and Matthew Sulgrove engaged in a drag race. Sulgrove lost control of his car and swerved into a lane of oncoming traffic where his vehicle struck another vehicle, killing him and a girl in the other car. McFadden’s car did not physically contact either of the other cars. McFadden was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. McFadden waived his right to a jury trial and was found guilty on both counts under each of three separate theories, namely that (1) he aided and abetted Sulgrove in committing involuntary manslaughter, (2) he was vicariously responsible for Sulgrove’s commission of involuntary manslaughter by reason of their joint participation in the public offense of drag racing, and (3) that McFadden himself committed involuntary manslaughter by recklessly engaging in a drag race so as to proximately cause the Sulgrove collision. McFadden appealed, arguing that the element of causation was absent.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Allbee, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 221,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,100 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.