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Popejoy v. Steinle
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Ms. Steinle, accompanied by her daughter and niece, were traveling to Douglas, Wyoming to buy a calf for the daughter to raise on their ranch. During the trip, the truck Ms. Steinle was driving collided with a vehicle driven by Mr. Popejoy. Ms. Steinle was killed in the accident and Mr. Popejoy suffered injuries diagnosed as a muscle strain. Approximately fifteen months later, Mr. Popejoy underwent two neurosurgeries to fuse cervical vertebrae in response to continued pain in his neck and back. Mr. Popejoy unsuccessfully tried to reopen Ms. Steinle’s estate, which had been probated and closed a year earlier. Plaintiffs then filed a creditor’s claim against the estate of Ms. Steinle’s husband, William Steinle (Mr. Steinle), whom had died in the interim. After this claim was rejected, Plaintiffs filed a claim against the Defendants, claiming that Mr. and Mrs. Steinle were engaged in a joint venture when Ms. Steinle embarked on her business trip to pick up the daughter’s calf.
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