A woman who was injured when she was hit by the wing mirror of a minibus as she crossed a road in Galway has been awarded more than €192,000 by the High Court.

Ms Justice Bronagh O'Hanlon said there had been "a stark transformation" in Aideen O'Kelly's working and social life since the accident, and said the 54-year-old woman's life is now "vastly different".

She said Ms O'Kelly was an expert sailor which she enjoyed at a very high competitive level three to four days a week during the sailing season, but cannot sail any more.

According to the Irish Independent, Ms O'Kelly, a medical representative from Killester, Dublin, had sued Bus Éireann over the accident when she was knocked to the ground at Lough Atalia Road in the Galway harbour area on the evening of December 16, 2015.

Ms O'Kelly had told the court she was halfway across the road after 6pm when she saw the minibus, just before she was hit on the right shoulder by the wing mirror of the bus which was turning in to the road.

As a result of the accident, the court heard Ms O'Kelly had to have surgery and wear a neck brace for 12 weeks and is left with a scar on her neck.

The judge found the Bus Éireann driver was "entirely negligent"  and awarded Ms O'Kelly a total of €192,573.

 

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