€575,000 for family of nurse killed in bus crash
THE family of a nurse killed when she was struck at a pedestrian crossing by a double-decker bus have secured €575,000 in settlement for wrongful death.
Maria Verdida (52), from the Philippines, who had been living and working in Ireland, died as a result of the injuries she sustained on October 29, 2003, at Templeogue Road, Dublin.
Her husband, Restituto Verdida (57) of Digos City, Davao del Sur, the Philippines, and formerly of The Crescent, Millbrook Lawns, Tallaght, brought the action for wrongful death, mental distress and loss of dependency against Dublin Bus and the driver involved, Frank Turner (57), Kildare Road, Crumlin, Dublin.
The defendants admitted liability.
The accident happened as Mr Turner was approaching a pedestrian crossing at around 25mph when his vision was affected by strong sunlight. He noticed that the lights were flashing amber but failed to react before fatally striking Mrs Verdida.
Mr Turner received a six-month suspended sentence in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after pleading guilty in 2004 to a charge of dangerous driving causing death. His driving licence was also suspended for four years and he was fined €500.
The court heard that on the day of the accident Mr Turner was driving from Eden Quay to Tallaght and was carrying no passengers. He apologised to the Verdida family during his sentencing. In the High Court yesterday, Mr Justice John Quirke approved the €575,000 settlement.
At the time of the accident Mrs Verdida, a mother of three adult children, was a permanent staff nurse at Tallaght Hospital and also worked as a relief nurse at Cheeverstown House in Templeogue.