Wife of top chef settles damages claim over road collision
Sallyanne Parker Clarke, restaurant owner and wife of top chef Derry Clarke, has settled - for an undisclosed sum - a €60,000 damages claim arising out of a road traffic accident near her home just over two years ago.
Ms Clarke (55), of Forest Hill, Meagan's Lane, Saggart, Co Dublin, had sued Ryszard Stepien, of College House, College Lands, Rathcoole, Co Dublin, the driver of a Seat Ibiza that collided "at speed" into her Toyota Landcruiser on a shared laneway on October 2, 2015.
Ms Clarke, whose vehicle was hit from the front, alleged in her claim for damages of up to €60,000 that her head had been jerked backwards causing post-accident pain in her upper right back, neck and the back of her head.
She stated that while she does have a generalised history of arthritic pain, her symptoms were greatly aggravated by the accident. She had been diagnosed as having suffered a soft tissue whiplash. On attending her GP, it had been noted she had right trapezius and spinal spasm.
Ms Clarke stated in her Civil Bill that she had been referred for physiotherapy and had about 30 sessions for which she claimed just over €5,000 in special damages with receipts.
She alleged that four months after the accident she continued to have pain.
Following the out-of-court talks, Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke was told the case could be struck out.