Judge hears fight over documents in Sullivan caseJuly 23,2013By Brent Curtis
A Rutland judge heard arguments today in a fight over whether an auto insurance company must turn over notes from a claim made by Christopher Sullivan following a fatal crash in the city this spring.
Prosecutors say Sullivan, a former city attorney, was drunk behind the wheel in April when 71-year-old Jane Outslay, of Mendon, was struck and killed on Strongs Avenue.
The driver in the crash fled the scene but a day later Sullivan identified himself as the driver in the crash and turned over his 2004 Lexus sedan which had heavy damage to its hood and windshield.
On the same day that Sullivan turned himself in, his wife filed a claim with GEICO insurance, according to the Vermont Attorney General's office. Prosecutors issued a subpoena for the claim but have been opposed by the insurance company which asserts that it has a duty to defend Sullivan against a potential civil lawsuit.
In Rutland criminal court today, Judge Theresa DiMauro questioned the attorney for the insurance company and an assistant attorney general on their legal arguments. DiMauro, who said she would make her decision in the future, asked the prosecution why they were interested in what the insurance company has described as notes taken from a conversation with Sullivan's wife.
In his answer, Assistant Attorney General Ultan Doyle acknowledged that prosecutors have talked to Sullivan's wife themselves. But he said the substance of her conversation with the insurance carrier could shed more light on the case.
"We'd like to see if there was other information she shared with GEICO investigators that she did not share with the state," he said.
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