Woman struck by car after stepping off bus awarded €4m damages

Woman struck by car after stepping off bus awarded €4m damages

A WOMAN has settled her High Court action for €4m over a serious brain injury she suffered when she was knocked down by a car after she got off a bus as a schoolgirl.

Kirsty Scally (21) was had just turned 13 when she suffered catastrophic injuries after she stepped off a Bus Eireann bus outside a school in Co Offaly.

Her counsel Eddie Walsh told the court the bus had gone past the bus stop and stopped near a bend on the road.

She exited the vehicle and "the inevitable happened" when a car came at speed around the bend, he said.

Ms Scally, Ballyheashill, Rhode, Co Offaly, through her mother, Angela Scally, sued Bus Eireann and the car driver Kenneth Dunne, St Patrick's Road, Edenderry, Co Offaly.

Bus Eireann was released from liability 2 years ago.

The accident happened outside Ballybrian National School, Rhode, on February 20, 2009.

Ms Justice Bronagh O'Hanlon was told it had been previously agreed the driver should be held 60 per cent liable in the case and contributory negligence on behalf of the schoolgirl was 40 per cent.

Counsel for Ms Scally said the settlement reflected this.

Source: Independent.ie