Accident still plagues car dealer |

Accident still plagues car dealer

Tony Maneotis’ court file is stamped “case closed.” But Moffat County’s insurance company is demanding that the car dealer pay for a Sheriff’s Office truck damaged in a collision three years ago.

Maneotis sued the Sheriff’s Office after he and his daughter were injured in a collision with a sheriff’s deputy Feb. 7, 2003.

According to court records, Deputy Courtland Folks drove through a red light while responding to an emergency call and collided with Maneotis’ vehicle.

Confidential settlement

The Sheriff’s Office countered that Maneotis was at fault because he drove through a green light when Folks had turned on his sirens and emergency lights.

The county’s counterclaim was dismissed in June 2004.

The two sides settled Maneotis’ lawsuit in September 2004. The terms of the settlement were not made public.

But more than a year later, Maneotis still is plagued by the case.

St. Paul Property and Liability Insurance wants Maneotis to pay for the damage to the Sheriff’s Office vehicle.

Over, done, complete?

Maneotis, citing a confidentiality agreement from the settlement, declined to comment about the case.

His attorney, Denver-based Burton Wherry, said Maneotis has complied with all the terms of the settlement. He said he doesn’t think the insurance company has grounds to ask his client to pay for the truck.

“As far as I’m concerned, the case is over, done, complete,” Wherry said.

The insurance company claims adjuster who handled the county’s case could not be reached for comment.

Folks protested the ticket that the Colorado State Patrol issued him for the accident. He was found not guilty in Oct. 2003.

In finding Folks not guilty, 14th Judicial District Judge James Garrecht said he had reasonable doubt. But he also said, “That’s not to say (Folks) is not to blame.”

Maneotis sued the sheriff’s department for $350,000 in his case and for $80,000 on his daughter’s behalf.

According to court documents, Maneotis suffered from a broken neck, lost income, emotional distress and permanent disability, among other losses. His daughter was hospitalized for a soft tissue injury and rib sprains.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or

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