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Moody v. Delta Western, Inc.
Citation:38 P.3d 1139 (Alaska 2002).
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An unnamed employee of the Defendant left the keys in his fuel vehicle, with the doors unlocked. This was against company policy. While the vehicle was unaccompanied, Coolidge entered the vehicle and began driving the vehicle. He ran off roads, nearly collided with several vehicles, drove off the sides of roads, and drove in excess of 70 miles per hour.
Plaintiff responded to reports of the reckless driving. During the police pursuit of the vehicle, Plaintiff’s vehicle swung in front of the reckless driver’s, in an attempt to stop Coolidge. The fuel vehicle rammed into the van in which Plaintiff was a passenger, resulting in permanent injuries.
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