Tuesday 26 September 2017

€3m for cyclist thrown eight feet into the air in van crash

A cyclist who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was hit by a van has settled his High Court action for €3m. Stock photo
A cyclist who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was hit by a van has settled his High Court action for €3m. Stock photo

Tim Healy

A cyclist who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was hit by a van has settled his High Court action for €3m.

Father-of-one Alexandru Martin Doroscan was cycling at a junction in Blanchardstown, Dublin, when he was thrown eight feet into the air by the vehicle. Mr Doroscan, a 33-year-old waiter, suffered a number of injuries and had amnesia for four months after the accident.

Mr Doroscan, of Manor Square, Ongar, Clonsilla, Dublin, through his wife Madeline Martin Doroscan, sued the van driver, Dylan Meade, of An Cosan, Lisbrack Road, Co Longford.

He also sued the vehicle owner, Sabrina McDonagh, also of An Cosan, Lisbrack Road.

He also sued the Motor Insurers' Bureau of Ireland, which compensates victims of uninsured driving.

Meade was uninsured and unlicensed at the time of the accident, the court was told.

The accident happened at the junction of the Ongar Distributor Road and Shelerin Road, Blanchardstown, on August 2, 2013.

In November 2015, Meade was jailed for a year after he had pleaded guilty before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing serious harm, failing to stop, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

Following the accident, Mr Doroscan underwent a decompressive craniotomy in Beaumont Hospital.

In August 2014, he was transferred to the National Rehabilitation Hospital.

The court was told that he has since done exceptionally well, with the support of his wife and of his extended family.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross approved the settlement.

Irish Independent

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