Thursday, December 13, 2012
Guilty plea from man who hit car, then bought insurance
A Blaine man who rear-ended another driver, rushed to buy insurance, then claimed that the crash happened afterward has pleaded guilty to insurance fraud.
Mark Traxler, 51, let his auto insurance lapse in January because he didn't pay the premium.
Two weeks after his coverage ended, he hit a car in Bellingham, causing more than $5,000 in damage.
He immediately went to his insurance agent and paid for new coverage. By nightfall, the other driver had made a claim against his policy.
The problem: Traxler said that the accident happened after he'd bought the coverage, when a 9-1-1 call placed by the other driver indicated that it happened before.
Traxler today pleaded guilty in Whatcom County Superior Court. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail, but 354 were suspended on the conditions that he do 80 hours of community service, pay a $250 crime victim penalty assessment, a $200 filing fee and a $500 fine.