Friday 9 December 2016

Family of grandmother (78) who died after being struck by car settle action for €105,000

Tim Healy

Published 21/07/2015 | 17:45

Joseph Goulding (85) leaving court after a settlement offer was approved by the High Court, in relation to the death of his wife Margaret (Peg) PIC: COURTPIX
Joseph Goulding (85) leaving court after a settlement offer was approved by the High Court, in relation to the death of his wife Margaret (Peg) PIC: COURTPIX

The family of a 78-year old grandmother who died two days after she was knocked down by a car as she walked to mass has settled a High Court action for €105,000.

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Margaret Goulding, Lakeside Park, Naas , Co Kildare was struck by a car as she crossed a street in Naas town on the morning of August 8, 2011.

Noel MacMahon SC, for the family, said Mrs Goulding was walking from her home to mass at Our Lady and St David's Church in the town when the accident occurred.

Widower, Joseph Goulding had sued  John Allen , Uppertown, Dunlavin, Co Wicklow as a result of the accident.

He claimed that Mr Allen had failed to keep any or any adequate lookout and allegedly failed to have any regard for the safety of Mrs Goulding.

In 2012, Mr Allen was disqualified from driving for four years and fined €1,200 at Naas District Court.

He admitted driving without due care and attention at Loch Bui close to Fairgreen, Naas in the accident which claimed the life of Mrs Goulding.

Mr Allen told gardai Mrs Goulding had waved him across the junction. However, he also waved at her. He then proceeded through the junction and the collision occurred.

Mrs Goulding was clipped by the mirror, spun on to the ground, and struck her head.

The court heard there was no evidence of speed and Mr Allen was not over the legal drink-drive limit at the time.

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