Michigan Court Backs Insurer Denying $300K Payout in Head-On Crash

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An insurance company refused to pay $300,000 in a head-on crash that killed a Michigan man and his mother after a doctor came up with a key conclusion: Robert Krugman likely drifted out of his lane because of a heart attack.

A federal appeals court this week called the 2014 crash “tragic.” But it ruled in favor of Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co. because Krugman’s insurance policy through his employer said no money would be paid in an accidental death if a heart attack contributed to the death.
“I don’t begrudge them. They’re trying to enforce their policy,” Robert June, an attorney for Krugman’s sister, said. “I don’t think they did anything nefarious or underhanded, even though I strongly disagree with their position.”

Krugman, 66, of Berrien County and his mother, Helen, were in a Honda Fit, traveling eastbound on Red Arrow Highway in Van Buren County. Peter Sinclair was westbound in a Ford Escape when the vehicles crashed head-on in the westbound lane. The Krugmans died but Sinclair survived.

A woman who lived about 70 feet away told police that she saw the crash and heard the Fit’s horn. But her statements were inconsistent, and police noted that a large tree obstructed the view from her kitchen window.

There’s no dispute that the crash killed the Krugmans. But an autopsy also found that the son had cardiovascular disease and 90 percent narrowing of a coronary artery.

Reliance Standard turned to Dr. Evan Matshes, who looked at the records and said there was “compelling evidence” that Krugman drifted from his lane because of an “acute and evolving” heart attack.

“More likely than not, Mr. Krugman became disoriented or incapacitated,” Matshes told the insurance company.
Judge Joan Larsen, 6. The US Court of Appeals in the Court of Appeal wrote for a three-judge delegation that Matshes offered a complete account.

“Krugman said, it is more likely than not to cross the center line of Fit’s end of heart attack.”

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