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Thursday 17 April 2014

€10m for Lydia (28) who was catastrophically injured in car crash

LYDIA BRANLEY OUTSIDE SLIGO COURT THIS AFTERNOON
Story Paddy Clancy
Lydia Branley

A 28-YEAR-OLD woman who was catastrophically injured when the car in which she was a passenger crashed and went off the road in Sligo has settled her action for damages for €10m.

Lydia Branley, Largydonnell, Kinlough, Co Leitrim had to be cut from the BMW car after it ended up in a stream when the driver lost control at 150km/h as he turned off a main road on to a slip road and the car skidded and went over two barriers.

Ms Branley who had been wearing her seat belt in the front seat was in a coma for nine months after the accident.

Two years ago Martin Kearney (31) Faranoo, Ballina , Co Mayo was sentenced to six years with two years suspended for danagerous driving in relation to the accident at Drumiskabole outside Sligo town on September 30, 2010.

Ms Branley in the High Court had sued Martin Kearney , the driver of the car and the  owner of the car Michael Kearney of Faranoo, Ballina , Co Mayo.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine said it was an excellent settlement and she approved it.

Tim Healy

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