Tuesday 21 November 2017

Student sues over brain bleed after River Shannon boat crash

Millie O'Donnell
Millie O'Donnell

Tim Healy

A student was knocked unconscious and suffered a brain bleed when a powerboat she was a passenger in hit a bridge on the River Shannon, the High Court heard.

Millie O'Donnell (21), Laburnam Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin, is suing the driver of the boat, Richard Coffey (24), of Merrion Park, South Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin, over the incident on July 14, 2012.

She is also suing the boat owner, Brian Corcoran, of Lecarrow, Co Roscommon.

Mr Coffey denies negligence.

Mr Corcoran denies he is vicariously liable for the alleged negligence.

The court heard the boat hit a pillar of the rail bridge at Marine View, Athlone.

Ms O'Donnell was knocked out while the driver and another young man were thrown into the water. A fourth person managed to put the boat into neutral when it started spinning.

Ms O'Donnell suffered a bleed to the brain and remained in hospital for nine days in a neck brace, where she suffered severe headaches.

The case was adjourned to later this month.

Irish Independent

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