The order of the Appellate Division should be affirmed.
In this action for a declaration that plaintiff is relieved of all its duties and liabilities under a policy of liability insurance issued by it to defendant Cherry covering a 1964 Ford truck, Special Term granted plaintiff's motion for summary judgment, holding that Cherry's conviction of manslaughter in the first degree is prima facie proof of a willful act obviating the concept of accident as embodied in said policy. The Appellate Division reversed, on the law, and awarded partial summary judgment to said defendant to the extent that plaintiff is not relieved of its duty to defend under the policy and is to be responsible for the reasonable value of the services of Cherry's counsel, and that the remaining claims of plaintiff shall await determination after conclusion of a wrongful death action instituted against Cherry by Patricia J. Rice, as administratrix of the estate of Charles J. Rice.
The death action, instituted on August 10, 1967 and alleging a cause based on negligence and another for intentionally causing the death, arose out of an occurrence on April 26, 1967 at or near a shale bank in Cornwall, New York, when Cherry operated his truck in a manner as to strike and kill Rice. In 1967, Cherry was indicted for manslaughter in the first degree, charged with violating former section 1050 of the Penal Law, and on September 29, 1969, following a trial, was convicted of said crime.
Plaintiff maintains on this appeal that it is entitled to disclaim liability coverage under the policy and to a grant of
Order affirmed, with costs, in a memorandum.