Wednesday 28 September 2016

Taxi driver who brought €60k personal injury damages claim against Bono has passed away

Saurya Cherfi

Published 08/12/2015 | 18:34

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A taxi driver, who issued a €60,000 personal injury damages claim against rock star Bono in the Circuit Civil Court, has died, it was learned today.

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Philip Bolger claimed the U2 singer had driven into the back of his taxi which had been parked in Eustace Street near The Clarence Hotel in Dublin’s, Temple Bar.  Mr Bolger’s death was not in any way connected with the incident.

Mr Bolger sued Bono under his real name, Paul Hewson, and alleged Bono’s 2004 Maserati had struck his car from behind.

Bono’s legal team delivered a defence to Mr Bolger’s claim in which, while it is admitted a collision occurred at 10 p.m. on October 11, 2013, denies that the taxi driver could have suffered the injuries he alleged.

Hewson, of Temple Hill, Vico Road, Killiney, Co Dublin, states in his defence that the impact was minor and happened at a low velocity and claims he is not liable for any injuries.  The singer also denies the details of “each and every particular” of the events alleged by Bolger.

Bolger, of Oakleigh Green, Trim Road, Longwood, Co Meath, died on November 15 last.  He claimed that he had suffered immediate pain in his neck, shoulder and back following the collisions.

He also alleged, in his claim that has been listed for hearing on January 25 next, that following the collision he had got out of his car and approached Bono’s 2004 Maserati asking “What are you doing?” Bono had said: “Hello.”

The taxi driver claimed he attended the A&E of Navan Hospital in Co Meath and had needed to go to his GP three times in the two months following the accident, complaining of pain in his lower back, neck and arm.

His quality of life had been impacted as, he alleges, he had difficulty “lifting, carrying, bending, kneeling, squatting, sitting, climbing stairs and walking.”

Bolger included a claim for alleged financial strain and hardship, claiming his injuries had prevented him from working normal hours and he had to reduce activities, including kayaking, clay pigeon shooting and hill walking.

It is assumed an application will be made to  withdraw the case from January’s trials list.  Mrs Monica Bolger, Mr Bolger’s widow, confirmed today that her late husband had initiated the proceedings against Bono.

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