870,000EURO AWARDED TO ACCIDENT VICTIM
11 year-old Cornelius Downes from Mitchelstown has been awarded €870,000 at the High Court in settlement for injuries he received when the car he was travelling in was struck by a lorry on the Cork to Dublin road in 2004, writes Brian Moore.
The accident, which left Cornelius in a serious condition, claimed the lives of his mother, brother, grandmother and aunt outside Cahir on January 22 2004.
Cornelius suffered injuries to his body and head in the crash which claimed the lives of his mother, Mary Downes (33), Mitchelstown; his three-year-old brother, Robert; his grandmother, Mary Dalton (72), of Ballindangan, Mitchelstown, and his aunt, Kathleen Quish (49), of Shanballymore, Mallow.
The driver of the lorry pleaded guilty at Clonmel Circuit Court to dangerous driving causing the deaths and was sentenced to three years imprisonment.
Cornelius suffered a horrific catalogue of injuries with multiple facial fractures, gut injury and fractures to his right leg along with a brain injury. He was in hospital for 10 weeks after the accident and later spent a period in the National Rehabilitation Centre.
Thursday 17th December 5:33pm