High court: Estranged spouse liable in car death

Published On: Apr 10 2014 03:00:31 PM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

The Florida Supreme Court says a man is also liable for a fatal accident caused by his estranged wife because his name was on the car's title.

Robert Christensen and his wife Mary Taylor-Christensen had a car with a title in both their names, but they were going through a divorce and lived separately. He didn't have keys to the car or access to the garage where she kept it. The court ruled Thursday he is still liable in a lawsuit filed after Taylor-Christensen struck and killed a man.

A jury originally found Christiansen wasn't liable. The wife of the deceased appealed. The Supreme Court ruled that Christensen still had the benefit of owning the vehicle, even if he didn't have access to it, and so was still responsible.

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