Garda injured by 'getaway' car gets €30,000
Former Galway hurler Garda Kevin Hooban, who was injured by a "getaway" car, has been awarded €30,000 compensation against the Public Expenditure Minister.
Gda Hooban (33), of Looscaun, Woodford, Co Galway, told Mr Justice Bernard Barton that in July 2011 a car he and a colleague had tried to stop had run over his left leg as the driver and a passenger tried to get away.
Gda Hooban told barrister Brid O'Flaherty he and a colleague had seen a car mount a footpath and camera lamp-post in Ennis, Co Clare, where he is stationed. As they approached the vehicle, shouting for the driver to stop, it had reversed into a Jeep.
The car, after having hit two other vehicles, had then been driven towards them and he had drawn his baton to break the windscreen.
His baton had fallen and as he sought to pick it up the car had driven over his left leg and ankle.
Gda Hooban was taken by ambulance to Ennis General Hospital, where he underwent X-rays on a crush injury.
He told Judge Barton his social, recreational and professional life had been adversely affected and he had been unable to resume play for his Tommy Larkins' hurling club due to his injuries.
"Although I am back playing senior club hurling I feel I have never returned to the same standard of hurling that I had reached before the July incident," he told Judge Barton.