Collision on drive home costs €1,825
A WOMAN’S drive home from a bingo session ended in a collision which resulted in injuries to her and to her two sisters – as well as a legal action.
The civil sitting of Wexford District Court for the month of April heard from both drivers involved in the crash at Craanford cross, a short distance from the bingo, one night in January of last year.
Ben Doran from Rock Lodge, Tomacork, Carnew, sued as the owner of a Nissan driven on the night in question by his girlfriend, Emma Towson.
A counter claim was taken by Philomena and Patrick McDonald of 3A Killarney Park in Bray, the owners of the Volkswagen which pulled out on to the main road at the crossroads.
Ms Towson recalled how she was driving home towards Carnew from her work as a waitress in Gorey when the Volkswagen emerged from minor road to her left.
She swerved to the right in but could not prevent the collision which resulted in significant damage to both vehicles.
Ms McDonald told how she was coming from the bingo in Craanford with her sisters, Patricia and Margaret, in her car.
She turned right and felt that she had reached the Gorey-bound lane of the road by the time the impact occurred.
She sustained a fractured ankle, while her sister Patricia Conway suffered a fractured foot and sprained wrist. The third of the sisters received chest injuries. Ms McDonald said that she had a house in Enniscorthy and went to the bingo whenever she was staying there.
After hearing engineers from the two sides in the case, Judge Gerard Haughton concluded that there was no evidence of excessive speed by either of the drivers.
He was convinced that Ms Towson had no way of avoiding the accident.
He awarded a decree to the plaintiff of €1,825, plus costs.