Thursday 25 May 2017

Girl gets €21,000 after crash forced change of school

Ray Managh

Charmaine Fitzgerald (14) with her mother Lisa of Grange View Road, Clondalkin, Co Dublin, leaving court yesterday. CourtPix

A 10-year-old girl had to change school after a car accident because it was so close to where she and her mum were involved in the crash, a court heard yesterday.

The Circuit Civil Court heard that each time Charmaine Fitzgerald passed her old school she would visualise the accident in which she thought her mother was killed.

Charmaine, now aged 14, was awarded €21,000 damages yesterday for psychological and physical injuries she suffered in the accident on March 19, 2007.

Her mum, Lisa Fitzgerald of Grange View Road, Clondalkin, Co Dublin, told Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Matthew Deery, that she and her daughter were sitting in the parked family car on Coldcut Road, in Clondalkin when the crash took place.

She said in an affidavit that her car was rear-ended by defendant Paul Mullins of The Covert, Woodfarm Acres, Palmerstown, Dublin, and was spun around a number of times.

"I exited the vehicle and lost consciousness," Ms Fitzgerald said. "Charmaine saw me lying on the ground and thought I was dead."

For a number of weeks Charmaine suffered from nightmares and headaches, and would visualise the crash each time she was driven near the scene.

The judge approved the settlement offer.

Irish Independent

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