Settlement for four Child Passengers in Car collision

Four children injured in a car collision, when the vehicle driven by their mother was in collision with a Garda patrol car, have been awarded a total of £21,500 in a settlement for child passengers in a car accident.

Dean McEvoy (15) and his three sisters, Lauren (13), Cody (11) and Megan (10), were travelling in a vehicle with their mother when the incident occurred on in November 2005.

The judge was advised that that the police squad car that struck the McEvoy car was being driven “at some degree of urgency”, but without its siren or warning lights on.  Lorraine McEvoy and her four children all experienced soft tissue injuries due to the impact of the collision.

The judge was also advised that the State had accepted liability for the incident only after a lengthy dispute was settled in the High Court and he was asked to approve agreed settlements of £5,000 for Megan and Lauren, £5,400 for Dean and £6,000 for Cody who had been the most badly injured of the child passengers in car accident.