A 28-year-old Leitrim woman who was in a coma for nine months after a crash, has been awarded €10m in the High Court.
Lydia Branley of Largydonnell, near Kinlough, was a passenger in a BMW driven by Martin Kearney from Ballina, Co. Mayo when the car crashed into a ditch at Drumiskabole near Sligo on September 30, 2010.
The former aviation radio controller was in a coma for nine months and she is still severely injured.
In June 2012, the driver was sentenced to six years in jail, with the last two years of the sentence suspended.
Judge Anthony Hunt described her injuries as “harm almost beyond belief” and said he couldn’t recall seeing anyone “so seriously and tragically maimed as a result of a road accident”.
Today’s judgement is the result of Ms Branley’s civil suit against Martin Kearney and the car’s owner Micheal Kearney.
Justice Mary Irvine described the settlement as excellent.