Jury Finds GEICO Must Cover Driver in Fatal Vermont Crash

August 23, 2013

A jury says an insurance company must honor the policy of a Vermont man who was convicted of murder in a drunken driving crash that killed a woman in 2010.

The insurance company GEICO had filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Burlington to determine whether it needed to cover Timothy Dowd of Hinesburg for the crash. GEICO questioned whether Dowd had approval to use the borrowed car involved in the accident that killed Kaye Borneman.

GEICO sued Dowd and the administrator of Borneman’s estate in an effort to avoid paying damages. The estate counter-sued.

Separately, the estate is suing Dowd in state court for wrongful death. The Burlington Free Press reports that lawsuit had been stalled until the outcome of the federal case.

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  • August 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm
    gregcw says:
    The only points that I can see/infer in the article are that the driver must have been known to the insured and had access to the keys and possibly been permitted to drive the... read more
  • August 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm
    Hmmm says:
    HUH -- good question that I get when I am talking to young agents - it is because the public wants the protection. If someone would run a red light - an illegal act, but cov... read more
  • August 26, 2013 at 12:46 pm
    copperpipes says:
    I believe, from what I read, that the issue was whether the driver of the vehicle had permissive use of the vehicle. If not, the vehicle would have been stolen, and coverage ... read more
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