New Jersey High Court Denies Claim in Drive-by Shooting

February 23, 2009

New Jersey’s Supreme Court has denied a drive-by shooting victim’s attempt to have her car insurer reimburse her under uninsured motorist coverage.

Camie Livsey was leaving a grocery store in Irvington four years ago when she was shot.

Witnesses saw an older Toyota speeding from the scene, though it was not determined if the shots were fired from the car.

Livsey’s claim was denied by Mercury Insurance. Livsey sued Mercury, saying it was reasonable to expect a drive-by shooting in a high-crime area could involve an uninsured motorist.

An appeals court had reversed a trial judge’s ruling against Livsey.

The Supreme Court ruled by a 4-3 majority to uphold the trial judge’s decision.

Livsey’s attorney didn’t return an Associated Press call seeking comment on Thursday.

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