Price of a car killer’s rampage
THE full impact of the Bourke St Mall rampage by Dimitrious Gargasoulas is beginning to emerge, with more than 176 people so far receiving compensation.
Victorian authorities have already spent more than $2.2 million assisting those injured or who witnessed Gargasoulas’ murderous drive through the CBD on January 20.
Many have also received payments from the Burke Street Fund, which came from public donations.
He allegedly mowed down 37 people, killing six, and terrifying many more.
To date claims have been paid in relation to five of the deaths, 29 physical injuries and 142 people left mentally scarred.
Sixteen people have been unable to return to work, with five still suffering physical injuries and 11 mental injuries.
“This was a horrific tragedy, and has affected many people in a many different ways,” WorkCover spokesman Peter Flaherty said.
“WorkSafe has been very focused on providing support and assistance to the grieving families of the workers who died in this incident, as well as the many workers physically injured on that day, or affected by what they saw.”
WorkSafe has received 70 claims from workers affected by the Bourke St tragedy, including two death and dependency claims, 15 for physical injuries, and 53 for mental injury.
In addition to the 16 people still off work, 14 claimed only for medical expenses with no claim for time off work, and 38 have returned to either partial or fulltime work.
To date WorkCover has paid out $1.7 million.
The Transport Accident Commission has provided support and benefits to 106 people to date at a cost of $578,926 for medical and like expenses.
Gargasoulas on the rampage.