Mother-of-three blinded in one eye by egg thrown from car seeks damages

A mother of three who was left blind in one eye after she was “egged” from a passing car has brought an action for damages in the High Court against the driver.

Mother-of-three blinded in one eye by egg thrown from car seeks damages

Ann Doody had to have her left eyeball removed two years after an egg was thrown at her by a passenger in a passing car as she walked with friends near her home, the High Court heard.

The 46-year-old Dublin nurse and midwife told Mr Justice Kevin Cross she wishes it never happened.

“I suddenly felt something in my left eye,” she said. “There was horrific pain and blood. I knew I had to go to hospital.”

She said by the time she was taken to theatre at the Eye and Ear Hospital, she knew her sight was gone. “I could not see anything,” she said.

“My left eye was ruptured. I had no pupil left. It looked awful. I was very self-conscious of it.”

She had to have an operation to remove the damaged eye two years later and wears a false eye but worries in case anything happens to the sight in her right eye.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told that after David Morgan, a back seat passenger in the car, threw the egg at Ms Doody, he screamed: “I hit her, I hit her.”

All five in the car including the driver were under 18 years of age, the court heard.

Ms Doody of Shankill, Co Dublin, sued Niall Clarke, of Foxes Grove, Shankill, as a result of the incident on the Bray Road on Mar 26, 2008. She claims that Mr Clarke, as the driver and registered owner of the car from which the egg was thrown, was negligent in relation to the management and control of the vehicle.

Mr Clarke, whom the court heard is sorry for the injury to Mrs Doody, has claimed a driver is not liable for the wrongful acts of his passenger. Mr Justice Cross was told that Mr Clarke received a caution from gardaí after the incident.

David Morgan, aged 17, of The Green, Woodbrook Glen, Bray, Co Wicklow, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court four years ago to assault causing harm to Ms Doody and apologised to Ms Doody.

Morgan offered €10,000 to Ms Doody as compensation but this was turned down by Ms Doody. He was ordered to pay the €10,000 to the Society of St Vincent de Paul and the Peter McVerry Trust.

The case before Mr Justice Cross continues.

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