Driver who was in­volved in 2008 hit-and-run in­ci­dent or­dered to pay vic­tim €20,000

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Neil Camil­leri

A 29-year-old man from Ra­bat has been or­dered to pay over €20,000 in com­pen­sa­tion to a mo­tor­cy­clist he in­jured in a hi­tand-run in­ci­dent in 2008.

The in­ci­dent had taken place in Val­letta Road, Ra­bat.

Clay­ton Galea had been ac­quit­ted by a crim­i­nal court but was later found guilty of the 4.30am hit-and-run ac­ci­dent in 2014.

A court had heard how Mr Galea was three times over the blood al­co­hol limit and was re­turn­ing home af­ter a night out in Paceville.

He had crossed over onto the on­com­ing lane, de­spite there be­ing a dou­ble solid line, and hit the on­com­ing mo­tor­cy­cle. Mr Galea said he had seen a light and heard a sound but did not no­tice that he had hit any­one and kept on driv­ing.

The court had heard how the mo­tor­cy­clist, Martin Fenech, had been hit on his right leg and how his bike skid­ded some 10 me­tres af­ter the im­pact. The mo­tor­cy­clist said he was driv­ing along an empty lane and three cars were com­ing from the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

Mr Galea’s car over­took the other cars without warn­ing, crashed into him and kept go­ing. Four eye­wit­nesses had cor­rob­o­rated Mr Fenech’s ac­count of the in­ci­dent. Mr Fenech suf­fered a 7% dis­abil­ity as a re­sult of the ac­ci­dent.

Mr Jus­tice Sil­vio Meli or­dered Mr Galea to pay Mr Fenech €20,441 in com­pen­sa­tion, with the amount cov­er­ing dam­ages to Mr Fenech’s mo­tor­cy­cle and the loss of his job.

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