Plea expected next month in case against Craig man involved in traffic fatality |

Plea expected next month in case against Craig man involved in traffic fatality

Justin Bliss

A Craig man charged in a December 2010 traffic fatality is expected to enter a plea next month.

Nicholas Anthony Peroulis is charged in Moffat County Court with careless driving causing death, a misdemeanor. On Dec. 29, his vehicle allegedly struck Craig resident Justin Dean Bliss, who later died from injuries.

Peroulis appeared Monday morning in front of Judge Sandra Gardner for a status hearing.

The hearing lasted only minutes.

Peroulis did not address the court. His attorney, Denver-based Darren Cantor, appeared for the hearing by telephone.

Prosecutor Matthew Tjosvold is handling the case for the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Gardner continued the hearing until 10:15 a.m. April 25. The judge said she expects a plea to be entered on that date.

Bliss was allegedly walking east at 5:15 a.m. Dec. 29 on the northern shoulder of the highway, near mile marker 89.

The Colorado State Patrol reported that Bliss was struck by part of a westbound tractor-trailer driven by Peroulis.

The vehicle was carrying a wide-load and was accompanied by an escort vehicle, the state patrol reported.

Part of the trailer’s load allegedly hung over the shoulder and hit Bliss.

He was taken to The Memorial Hospital in Craig and was pronounced dead at 5:37 a.m.

The incident limited traffic on the highway to one shared lane for six hours during the investigation that morning.

The state patrol reported that the incident wasn’t reckless in nature. Troopers also ruled out weather, drugs and alcohol as contributing factors.

Peroulis was the only person inside the tractor-trailer at the time of the incident, troopers reported. He was not injured.

Bliss was buried Dec. 31 in Olathe, where several family members live.

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