A woman whose arm was broken when a hit and run driver reversed over her and then fled the scene of the accident has been awarded 79,000 Euros in compensation for accident with untraced driver at Dublin´s High Court.
Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill heard how Siofra O´Loughlin (24) from Rolestown in Dublin had been with friends at Dollymount beach in July 2006, when she slipped and fell face forwards while playing with a ball. According to Siofra´s testimony and that of her friends, as Siofra lay on the floor, a car reversed over her – fracturing her upper arm bone and causing significant abrasions to her back.
According to her testimony, the driver of the car stopped a short distance away, looked back at the scene and returned to his car before driving away. The driver was never traced, and Siofra made a personal injury claim for compensation for accident with untraced driver against the Motor Insurers´ Bureau of Ireland – the organisation established to deal with compensation claims when a liable driver cannot be traced or is uninsured.
The claim for compensation claim for accident with untraced driver had come to the High Court as the Motor Insurers´ Bureau of Ireland disputed the events of the accident – claiming that Siofra had given a different version of the accident to the Garda officer who first arrived at the scene. However Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill dismissed their allegations in making his award of 79,000 Euros, stating that he believed Siofra´s account of how her injuries were sustained.