Colorado's second-highest court has ordered an Arapahoe County judge to reconsider her decision to slash a jury's $33 million verdict to just $436,070 against a man who was speeding at 99 mph before he ran a red light and killed another motorist.
Although District Court Judge Elizabeth Volz applied the monetary cap on jury awards that exists in state law, she was authorized to lift the cap if defendant Sherozjon Vahobov had committed a "felonious killing" of 30-year-old Justin Gorodess. Last week, a three-judge panel for the Court of Appeals disagreed with Volz's conclusion that Vahobov's dangerous driving behavior could not fit the definition of a felonious killing.
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