The family of a mother and child, who were both tragically killed in a road traffic accident which occurred in 2006, have been awarded more than £83,500 in a joint compensation claim for death in a car crash. Both Yvonne Mahoney (24) and her daughter, Bobbi-Ann (2), died when a car driven by Yvonne’s partner John Maloney (33) was struck by another car as it exited the crossroads junction on July 9 2006. Mr Maloney also died in the accident.
In a law case brought by Yvonne´s widowed mother, Mary (56), it was alleged that the local council had failed to maintain a clear line of sight at the junction by not cutting down, pruning or trimming the trees and hedges on the side of the road. It was also alleged that they had failed to construct yield or stop signs.
Mrs Mahoney additionally sued the estate of John Maloney, claiming that Mr. Maloney had been negligent on the day of the accident by way of his driving. It was claimed that the deceased driver had caused Mrs Maloney and her other eight children to suffer mental distress. The judge in the High Courty heard that the issue of liability had been withdrawn, and awarded Mrs Mahoney and the family of Yvonne and Bobbi-Ann a compensation settlement of £83,500 plus costs.