Sunday 22 October 2017

Mum had to be cut out of go-kart after horror smash

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, the High Court has heard.

Demelza Grogan (37), of Castlegrange Square, Clondalkin, Dublin, was left with thigh injuries after the crash, which happened on a family outing at Kylemore Karting in Ballyfermot, Dublin, the court heard.

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

Ms Grogan told the court she braked as she approached a 90-degree bend but the car did not react and she ploughed in to 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 had to undergo surgery to her leg. She told the court she now gets pain in her leg when she walks the mile to her son's school.

She claims she was not given adequate training and was caused to hit a barrier because of the nature of the track.

It is also claimed there was a failure to provide adequate barriers such that the impact on her her kart was absorbed or minimised.

Grovepark denies the claims and contends Ms Grogan drove at excessive speed, failed to apply the brakes in time or at all and made no attempt to negotiate the corner.

The case continues.

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