15 March 2007
Crash victim wins record compensation award
A young woman who was left paralysed after a car accident has been awarded £8.5 million compensation.
The record £8.5 million pay out, which will be paid by the drivers' insurers Norwich Union, was awarded to Leanne Evans, 22, after she was hit by a car in Birmingham in 1998 and suffered brain-damage and severe paralysis.
For six months after the accident Ms Evans was in a coma, and she is now forced to use a wheelchair and requires eight carers to attend to her.
Leanne's father Ivor, 49, said: "This award will at least give her a limited quality of life and allow her to enjoy some of the things that every other 22-year-old likes to do.
"It will help her to go to Westlife concerts, to the theatre and have a holiday, as well as make sure she has all the medical care that she needs," he added.
The 79-year-old driver who had collided with Ms Evans, meanwhile, was given a £75 fine for careless driving.