Council Candidate Carrying No Insurance during Crash with Elderly Woman


It has been recently found out that Phoenix City Council aspirant Greg Tripoli did not have valid car insurance when he engaged in an accident with an 81 year-old woman. The crash left the woman with spinal injuries and has seriously injured Tripoli’s chance of winning as well, who is already having financial disadvantages as he races with Bill Gates (not the Microsoft founder) for District 3 councilman position.

Council Candidate Carrying No Insurance during Crash with Elderly WomanThis week, Tripoli admitted to the public that he has not carrying any vehicle insurance when he engaged in an accident with Maria Vargo, 81, of Phoenix’s north district. Unfortunately for Tripoli, it is the same district which he is seeking to represent. His decision to get behind the wheels uninsured left many critics wondering about his level of responsibility, which could seriously tarnish his reputation as polling dates near. It has also left Vargo’s daughter, Susan, irate over his choice to drive with no car insurance. She says the council aspirant displayed lack of integrity, fiscal responsibility, and common sense.

But what makes critics jeer over Tripoli’s fate is the fact that he sells accident, life, and health insurance for a living. The council candidate says he has been too immersed in his campaign against interim District 3 candidate Bill Gates that is why neglected to renew his policy on September 10 when it was set to expire. The 58-year old political novice accepts for responsibility for not carrying valid car insurance but maintains that he was not at fault during the accident. His insurer for the past two years, Encompass, declined to renew his policy when it found out about the accident.

Police and Vargo’s insurers are still investigating the accident but it has been initially found out that Tripoli failed to yield the right of way at the intersection of 40th Street and Cactus Road. He was immediately fined $190 and could be charged up to $1,867 for not carrying Arizona auto insurance, which is a violation of state law.

Tripoli narrated that he has just finished a day of campaigning when the crash occurred, just near his residence by Park Valley Mall. He attempted to make a left turn on a yellow light but Vargo’s Toyota Camry clipped the front passenger side of his Infiniti l30. Vargo sustained 3 broken spinal bones while Tripoli was able to walk away from the accident. Records from the Department of Insurance reveal that Tripoli has licensed to sell insurance since January last year. His license expires in two years.