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Torts Keyed to Underwood
Moody v. Delta Western
Citation:38 P.3d 1139 (Alaska 2002)
An employee for the defendant left a fuel truck in a driveway with the keys in the ignition and the door unlocked. The truck contained fuel that weighed over 10,000 pounds. Later on, a drunken individual entered the unlocked truck and drove around the local town. The intoxicated driver ran cars off the road and drove at speeds exceeding 70 miles per hour. The plaintiff was one of the officers who responded to the reports of a recklessly driven fuel truck. The driver of the van in which the plaintiff was a passenger attempted to stop the truck, however, the driver rammed the van, throwing the plaintiff against the dashboard and windshield. The plaintiff suffered permanent injuries.
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