Ronald W. Papanikolas, 31 years old, of Magna, Utah, is dead following a high speed rear-end collision on Interstate 10 in Arizona. According to KSL News, the at fault driver was being chased in southern Arizona by police when he rear-ended Papanikolas. The police had initially stopped 25 year-old Joel O. Morando of Tucson around 7 a.m. However, after he stopped, Morando sped away and led police on a chase that resulted in the crash. The police finally caught up with Morando and found illegal marijuana in his car. He was arrested for first-degree murder, felony endangerment, criminal damage and transporting marijuana.
I offer my deepest condolences to this Utah man’s family for their tragic loss.
Legally speaking, any claim against this obviously reckless driver may be compromised because of possible insurance provisions that could exclude conduct such as running from the police. Hopefully not, but this could be a reality here. Failing a successful insurance claim against the at-fault driver, or in conjunction with it, a claim could be made on the victim’s own insurance company.
Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.