A PARTY of 15 English girls decided to really sample life in the fast lane during a bride’s hen party trip to Ireland three years ago, a judge was told today.
`But it proved a pain in the neck for 29-year-old Karen Wimpory after having been rear-ended in a traffic jam just off the Naas Road outside Dublin.
Barrister Fiona Crawford told the Circuit Civil Court the rear ending with a difference took place on a race karting track in the Kylemore Industrial Estate, Killeen Road, Dublin, in March 2009.
She said Karen, of Braywick Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, had joined 13 other friends in accompanying bride-to-be Jenny Pallet on a hen party trip to Dublin.
Karen is a store operations manager. She is now aged 31.
As part of the celebration they had decided to try their hand at go-kart racing at Kylemore Indoor Karting’s racetrack.
Karen told the court the party had watched a safety video before donning helmet and race-number bib for action on the track and had done a four-circuit warm-up.
She claimed that as they were approaching the end of the practice run she and other racers had been forced to brake abruptly because a race marshal had stepped on to the track and was waving them towards the pits for the start of the race proper.
She said another driver had crashed into the back of her kart suddenly pushing her neck and shoulders backwards.
Ms Wimpory told Peter O’Brien, counsel for Grovepark Services Ltd., which trades as Kylemore Karting, that the safety video she saw did not include any warning about traffic warning lights on the racetrack.
She said she had signed a disclaimer which carried a warning that motor sport could be dangerous and "in the absence of any negligence on the part of the company" she was aware she was participating entirely at her own risk.
Former racing driver and racetrack designer Stewart Cosgrave told Mr O’Brien that everyone who took part in any race first had to view the safety video and there were four marshals on duty on the night of Ms Wimpory’s accident.
He and race controller Denis Gaffney denied that a marshal had or would step out in front of go-karts travelling at just over 20 miles an hour. Medical reports in the case were agreed by both parties.
Judge Deery will deliver judgment tomorrow on a €38,000 personal injuries claim by Ms Wimpory for whiplash injuries she alleges were caused by negligence of the company.