Man who crashed into nun's car while overtaking loses appeal
Published 28/11/2015 | 02:30
A taxi driver, who was told to pay damages to a religious order after crashing into a nun's car, has lost an appeal in the Circuit Civil Court.
Sister Maria Sidorova told Judge Jacqueline Linnane that Mishark Orji struck her car in an overtaking manoeuvre on South Great George's Street, Dublin, in June 2013.
She said Mr Orji became very angry and agitated and started taking photographs of the accident scene when she was trapped in the driver's seat.
When barrister Shane English, counsel for the Redemptoristines Superioress FTB, asked him if he had taken out a personal injuries claim against the order, Mr Orji said he didn't recall having instructed a solicitor to initiate proceedings.
Mr English told the court the claim by Mr Orji against the order, which has its monastery at St Alphonsus Road, Dublin, alleged that he had been depressed.
Mr Orji, of Dromheath Avenue, Mulhuddart, Dublin, said his hand had been hurt by members of An Garda Síochána who arrested him at the scene.
Sr Sidorova told the court she had been unable to get out of her car through the driver's door as it was blocked by Mr Orji's car and she had pulled down her window and asked him if he was okay.
She said he ignored her and went to the boot of his car to get a camera. She had to climb out of the passenger's seat to get out of her car.
The court heard gardaí reviewed CCTV footage from a nearby store and told Sr Sidorova the accident was not her fault.
Sr Sidorova said Mr Orji became angry and started to shout at her, which he denied. The nun said she had been terrified, adding that Mr Orji had to be restrained and was taken away in a garda car. The court heard no charges were pressed against him.
Mr Orji appealed a District Court order that he pay €2,910 for damages to the nun's car. Dismissing his appeal, Judge Linnane said liability rested with him and awarded costs against him.