15 May 2007
Brain damaged grandmother wins compensation for police car crash
A grandmother who suffered brain damage after being hit by a police car has won over £3 million in compensation.
Linda Donaldson, 55, was hit by the car when on a pelican crossing in Welbeck Road in Newcastle.
The car, which was on an emergency call to prevent youths stealing snacks from a nearby shop, ignored a red light and collided with Ms Donaldson while attempting an overtaking manoeuvre.
As a result the woman incurred injuries including internal bleeding, broken bones and mental damage accruing from a clot on the brain.
She was also left unable to walk and in need of round-the-clock care.
Mr Donaldson, 56, told the Northern Echo: "This money is not for me or the rest of the family. It will be spent on keeping Linda comfortable for the rest of her life and getting her the best care available.
"It's been a long, hard fight and I feel a lot of weight has fallen off my shoulders now I know she is set. We are making the best of a bad job."
The driver of the police car, who admitted dangerous driving, was forced to resign from Northumbria Police over the accident.