Grand Junction widow sues suspect, bar in fatal DUI wreck
Grand Junction Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” The widow of a man killed last summer in a hit-and-run accident leaving Rum Bay is seeking civil damages from the suspect and the bar.
Shannon Mondragon alleges staff at Rum Bay, 2993 North Ave., “willfully and knowingly” served 26-year-old Michael Ocampo at least six drinks while obviously intoxicated before Ocampo got behind the wheel around 2 a.m. on July 29, 2007, killing 27-year-old Mario Mondragon, according to allegations in a lawsuit filed in Mesa County District Court.
The lawsuit claims Ocampo and the bar are equally culpable.
“This breach of duty (by bar) resulted in conduct by Defendant Ocampo that caused the death of Mario Mondragon,” the lawsuit says.
Shannon Mondragon, who’s represented in the civil case by a pair of Denver attorneys, filed the lawsuit on April 25.
The lawsuit doesn’t specify an amount of money sought in a jury trial.
“Mario Mondragon’s death resulted from a felonious killing … as such there is no statutory limitation on the damages for non-economic loss recoverable by the Plaintiff in this action,” the lawsuit reads.
Bill Logsdon, Rum Bay co-owner who along with Greg Rohlman purchased the business last December, said he was unaware of the July 29 fatal accident until he was served with the civil lawsuit.
“It was a shock to me,” Logsdon said. “Basically we’ve handed it over to our insurer and the attorneys.”
Rum Bay at the time of the accident was owned by Dallas Nunnery.
According to Mesa County Assessor records, the building is owned by RWN Properties’ Ronald Nunnery, Dallas Nunnery’s ex-husband.
Rum Bay’s liquor license is a scheduled business item at the Mesa County Commission’s June 9 hearing.
Shannon Mondragon’s lawsuit was filed five days before Ocampo pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular homicide, possession of cocaine and misdemeanor drunk-driving.
Prosecutors on April 30 dismissed three other charges, including vehicular homicide while DUI.
Ocampo will be sentenced July 31.
Ocampo and Mario Mondragon were among a group of men who had food and drinks together at several locations the night of July 28, ending at Rum Bay just before closing time around 2 a.m. on July 29, according records in Ocampo’s criminal case.
Mondragon left the bar and was walking home when he was struck by Ocampo’s 2001 Toyota 4Runner near the intersection at 30 and D 1/2 roads.
The truck fled the scene.
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