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Family of crash victim settle case for €600,000

Tim Healy

THE family of a mother of six killed in a traffic accident which claimed two other lives has settled a High Court action for €600,000.

Angela Goodman died after the car she was travelling in was involved in a head-on collision with another car at Tullyvaragh, Co Monaghan, on the Carrickmacross to Castleblayney Road, in the early hours of February 7, 2004.

Ms Goodman (44), of Drummond Etra, Carrickmacross, was the front-seat passenger in a car being driven by Michael McGeough (35), which was involved in a collision with a car driven by Kris Cumiskey (20) who was uninsured at the time. All three died instantly.

The court heard that Ms Goodman, also known as Angela Woods, died on the eve of her 45th birthday.

Her six children were aged between 10 and 25 at the time of her death and her two grand-children were 5 and 6-weeks-old.

In their action seeking damages against the legal representatives of the drivers of both cars and the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland (MIBI), Ms Goodman's family claimed their mother's death was due to the alleged negligence and breach of duty of care by the two drivers.

The proceedings were taken against Catherine McGeough, Edeneane, Ballybay, Co Monaghan, who is the widow and legal representative of the late Mr McGeough; and Theresa Cumiskey, Lurgancullenboy Road, Silverbridge, Co Armagh, who is the legal representative of Mr Cumiskey; and the MIBI.

It was claimed that Mr McGeough and Mr Cumiskey had driven at excessive speed; failed to avoid the collision; drove in a dangerous manner without consideration for others; and failed to keep their respective vehicles on the correct side of the road.

Counsel for the family, Anthony Barr, told the court that it had been agreed between the parties that the proceedings brought by his clients had been resolved for €600,000.

Irish Independent

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