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TV food critic knocked down by taxi, court told

Tom Tuite

Published 27/04/2016 | 02:30

Injured: food critic Tom Doorley. Pic Collins Courts
Injured: food critic Tom Doorley. Pic Collins Courts

Food critic Tom Doorley has told a court he suffered two broken shoulders when he was knocked down by a taxi in Dublin city centre.

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Taxi driver Mark Cruikshanks (38), of Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to careless driving at Fleet Street on the evening of October 17, 2014.

He claims Mr Doorley rushed out in front of his Toyota Avensis.

In evidence yesterday, Mr Doorley told Judge Miriam Walsh at Dublin District Court he suffered two broken shoulders when he was knocked down.

He alleged he checked if any cars were coming before he crossed the Fleet Street junction with Westmoreland Street.

Mr Doorley, a resident critic in TV3's 'The Restaurant', told the court he had a business meeting and lunch at the Merrion Hotel. He drank two average-sized glasses of red wine.

Afterwards, he went to Trinity College and later, at about 6pm, went to another restaurant where he ate a meal and drank two small bottles of water. He then walked along Westmoreland Street to get a taxi home.

He said he looked up Fleet Street, saw there was no traffic and crossed the road.

Mr Cruikshanks said he would have braked if he had seen the pedestrian but "he rushed out in front of me".

Judge Walsh adjourned the case to next week to consider her verdict.

Irish Independent

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