Tuesday 26 September 2017

Woman go-karting while on hen party awarded over €9,000 in damages

Ray Managh

ONE of a party of 15 English girls who decided to sample life in the fast lane during a bride’s hen party trip to Dublin, has been awarded more than €9,000 damages against a go-kart race company.

Judge Matthew Deery accepted that 32-year-old Karen Wimpory was injured when rear-ended on Kylemore Indoor Karting’s racetrack three years ago.

He accepted she had been forced to stop abruptly when a marshal walked onto the track and another racer had driven into the back of her, causing her whiplash injuries.

Barrister Fiona Crawford had told the judge that the rear ending had taken place on the kart track in Kylemore Industrial Estate, Killeen Road, Dublin, in March 2009.

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.

Part of the celebration was a trip in three taxis to the Kylemore track to try their hand at go-kart racing. They had watched a safety video before donning helmet, overalls and a race number bib for action on the track.

Judge Deery said that after completing a number of warm-up practice circuits Ms Wimpory was confronted, after rounding a sharp bend, with all of the racers ahead of her stopped in front of a marshal waving his hands in the air.

She had managed to stop but another driver had driven into the back of her kart.

The judge said that sadly the marshal concerned had since tragically died in a road accident and there was no-one to challenge the evidence of Ms Wimpory and the bride-to-be, Jenny Pallet, about how the practice runs had been abruptly stopped.

Forensic engineer Pat Culleton had told the court the racing karts did not have a backrest or neck restraint on them and the drivers, complete novices to racing, should have been instructed to sit at full extension and given a physical demonstration at the side of the track.

Judge Deery, awarding Ms Wimpory €9,064 damages and her legal costs, said he was satisfied she had been taken by surprise after rounding the bend and the driver behind even more so.

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