Car crash victim claims go up in smoke
A judge threw out personal injuries claims totalling €120,000 after he was told that smoke filled a car before it crashed.
He told two Romanian claimants he could not believe the "smoke signals" emanating from the witness box.
A third plaintiff withdrew a €60,000 claim.
Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke was told the car mysteriously filled with so much dense smoke that the driver could not see where he was going and crashed into a tree.
However, he told the claimants that the evidence was incredible.
He dismissed €60,000 claims by mother-of-four Maria Petronela Moisa, of Tralee, Co Kerry, and Sorin Moisa, also of Tralee. He awarded Aviva its costs against them.
The judge said a man injured in the crash maintained the driver had been blinded by oncoming bright headlights and had not mentioned smoke until he was cross-examined.
An eyewitness who ran to the car to help after the incident said there was no sign of smoke in the vehicle.