Sunday 22 October 2017

I heard my bone crack, kart crash mum tells judge

Demelza Grogan
Demelza Grogan

Tim Healy

A WOMAN had to be cut out of a go-kart after the vehicle allegedly failed to react on a bend and crashed into a barrier, a court has heard.

Demelza Grogan (37) says she was left with thigh injuries after the crash, which happened on an outing with her family at Kylemore Karting in Ballyfermot, Dublin.

She is suing Grovepark Services Ltd, owners of the go-kart racing track, as a result of the accident on February 26, 2011.

Ms Grogan told the High Court she tried to brake as she approached a 90-degree bend but the car did not react and she ploughed into a barrier.

"When I hit the barrier, I felt and heard my femur break. The car bounced back on to the middle of the track and another kart hit it," she told Mr Justice Iarflaith O'Neill.

Ms Grogan, who had to be cut out of the kart by firemen, was taken to hospital, where she underwent surgery to her leg.

She told the court she was discharged from hospital after five days and her foot had swelled to three times its normal size and she had to use crutches.

Now, she said, she gets pain in her leg when she walks the mile to her son's school and sometimes has a lot of pain.

She claims she was not given adequate training and hit a barrier because of the nature of the track. It is also claimed there was an alleged failure to provide adequate barriers, such that the impact on her kart was absorbed or minimised.

NEGLIGENCE

Grovepark has denied the claims and contends that Ms Grogan drove at excessive speed, failed to apply the brakes in time or at all and made no attempt to negotiate the corner. It claims that she drove into the protective crash barriers at speed and is liable for contributory negligence.

In evidence, Ms Grogan said: "I braked but the car did not react. I tried my best to turn the car but the car did not react and ploughed into the barrier. My leg was stuck. I was in shock and I was in extreme pain."

The case continues.

Irish Independent

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