Women secures €10m settlement for car crash injuries

Front-seat passenger ‘tragically maimed’ after driver lost control at 150km/h in Co Sligo

The Fourt Courts, Dublin

The Fourt Courts, Dublin

Wed, Feb 12, 2014, 15:17

A young woman has secured € 10m in settlement of her action over catastrophic injuries suffered when the car in which she was a front-seat passenger crashed and went off the road in Co Sligo.

Lydia Branley (28), Largydonnell, Kinlough, Co Leitrim had to be cut from the BMW car when it ended up in a stream after the driver lost control at 150km/h as he turned off a main road on to a slip road and the car skidded and went over two barriers.

Ms Branley, who was wearing her seat belt at the time, was in a coma for nine months afterwards. The former aviation controller lost the use of her limbs as a result of the crash at Drumiskabole outside Sligo town on September 30th, 2010.

The driver of the car, Martin Kearney (31), Faranoo, Ballina, Co Mayo was sentenced in June 2012 to six years imprisonment, with two years suspended, for dangerous driving in relation to the accident.

When jailing Mr Kearney, Judge Tony Hunt, referring to Ms Branley, said he could not recall seeing anyone being “so seriously and tragically maimed as a result of a road accident”.

In High Court proceedings, Ms Branley sued Martin Kearney, the driver of the car, and, in his capacity as owner of the car, his father Michael Kearney, Faranoo, Ballina.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine was told today the case had settled. The judge described the settlement as “excellent” and approved it.