Death of driver in Bono crash claim

A taxi driver who issued a €60,000 personal injury damages claim against rock star Bono has died, the circuit civil court heard yesterday.

Death of driver in Bono crash claim

Philip Bolger claimed the U2 singer had driven several times into the back of his taxi which had been parked in Eustace St near The Clarence Hotel in Dublin. Mr Bolger’s death was not connected with the incident.

Mr Bolger sued Bono under his real name, Paul Hewson, and alleged Bono’s 2004 Maserati had struck his car three times at short intervals from behind.

Bono’s legal team delivered a defence to Mr Bolger’s claim in which, while it is admitted a collision occurred at 10pm on October 11, 2013, denies that the taxi driver could have suffered the injuries he alleged.

Hewson, of Temple Hill, Vico Road, Killiney, Co Dublin, states in his defence that the impact was minor and happened at a low velocity and claims he is not liable for any injuries. The singer also denies the details of “each and every particular” of the events alleged by Bolger.

Bolger, of Oakleigh Green, Trim Road, Longwood, Co Meath, died on November 15. He claimed in public documents seen by this newspaper, that he had suffered immediate pain in his neck, shoulder and back following the collisions.

He also alleged, in his claim that has been listed for hearing on January 25, that after “the third collision” he had got out of his car and approached Bono’s 2004 Maserati asking “What are you doing?” Bono had said: “Hello.”

Bolger included a claim for alleged financial strain and hardship as his injuries had prevented him from working normal hours and he had to curtail his hobbies.

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