€3.9m for schoolgirl paralysed in car crash
A SCHOOLGIRL left paraplegic after suffering horrific injuries in a road accident has secured €3.9m in settlement of her High Court action.
Britney Arendse (12) had to be cut from the wreckage and was on life support for several weeks after the accident in June 2009.
The crash occurred when another car on the wrong side of the road collided with the car in which the child was travelling on a family day out to the beach.
Ms Arendse, of Mullagh, Kells, Co Meath, who was a back-seat passenger wearing her seat belt suffered severe injuries in the accident which occurred on the Julianstown to Duleek Road on June 28, 2009. Yesterday, Alexander Owens counsel, for the child, told Mr Justice Kevin Cross the case had been settled for €3.9m.
Through her mother, Bridgitte Arendse, the child had sued the driver of the other car – Sean McKenna, Drogheda Road, Duleek, Co Meath – and its owner, Patricia Mc Kenna, of the same address.
It was claimed Mr McKenna was driving on the wrong side of the road as he approached the car in which Ms Arendse was travelling. Counsel said his client is now paralysed from the waist down.