Price of a car killer’s ram­page

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

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