Monday 24 July 2017

Family of woman killed in freak Luas crash gets €548,000

Yao Webster
Yao Webster

Tim Healy

The family of a woman who was killed in a freak collision involving a car and a Luas tram have secured €548,000, plus costs, under a settlement of their High Court action.

Yao Webster (35), pictured, was on her way to work in Usher's Island post office, and may have stopped to tie her lace, when the crash happened at the junction of Abbey Street and Jervis Street in Dublin.

A Luas tram, which was travelling on the red line towards Tallaght, was in collision with a silver BMW car coming from the direction of the quays at around 8.45am on April 7, 2014.

After the collision, the car spun out of control and into Mrs Webster, who was on the footpath outside the Leprechaun museum.

The car had broken a red light, Hugh O'Keeffe SC, for Robin Webster, husband of the deceased, told the court when asking it to approve a settlement of the proceedings.

Mr Webster (44), a software developer of Eden Grove, Donabate, Co Dublin, had sued Quentin Hannezo, of Ha'penny Bridge House, Lower Ormond Quay, the driver of the BMW, and Transdev Dublin Light Rail Ltd, trading as Luas, over the accident.

The settlement is against the defendants but it includes an indemnity in favour of Transdev.

The bulk of the €548,000 goes to Mr Webster and his daughter - while his wife's parents, who live in China, will get €20,000.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross approved the settlement as a very good one for this "tragic and difficult" case.

After the settlement, Mr Webster's solicitor, Dermot McNamara, said the case highlighted the potential danger for motorists approaching Luas crossings.

He said Mrs Webster was "taken from her adored daughter Chloe who only turned five yesterday, her loving husband Robin and her parents in China who lost their only child".

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