Col­li­sion on drive home costs €1,825

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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