A journalist devastated by injuries after she was knocked down by a lorry in east London four years ago will receive a compensation package to provide for her lifelong care.
Promising Times journalist Mary Bowers, 31, is only minimally conscious and requires specialist help around the clock, the High Court in London heard. She suffered a severe brain injury after she was trapped under a lorry in Dock Street, near the Times’s Wapping plant in 2011 despite using the cycle path correctly.
Her accident prompted the Cities Fit For Cycling campaign by her colleagues on the newspaper.
Driver Petre Beiu was found guilty of careless driving, fined £2,700 and disqualified for eight months in December 2012 and the seven-figure compensation will be funded by his insurers, Allianz. He was on the phone as he approached Miss Bowers.
Her father Peter and step-mother Elizabeth were in court to hear Mr Justice Supperstone approve the settlement, the exact details of which were not disclosed.
Mr Bowers, of East Malling in Kent, said: “The impact of Mary’s injuries has been devastating to her – her career was flourishing and she had her whole life ahead of her.
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“We are relieved that now she will have access to vital funds which will help go toward specialist treatment to help and support her through her ongoing rehabilitation.”
Alison Eddy, of law firm Irwin Mitchell, said: “Mary suffered devastating injuries because the lorry driver did not have his full attention on the road and her family understandably find that very hard to come to terms with.
“She was wearing a helmet, clearly visible, remained within a designated cycle path and then moved into the cyclist stopping box, but it was sadly not enough to save her from suffering horrific injuries.
“Mary was a bright and intelligent girl with her career at a leading newspaper ahead of her. No compensation can ever replace that, but the money will give her some independence and privacy as we managed to get her moved to her own bungalow in the grounds of the nursing home and also lifelong care and therapy.”
Miss Bowers is unable to move or speak but the once-flourishing folk singer reacts when she hears her own songs, The Times reports .