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£615k payout for widow after motorcyclist’s death

10 February 2014
by Tricia Jamieson

The family of a businessman and motorcyclist killed in an horrific crash in St Michael’s have won a £615,000 compensation payout at London’s High Court.

Refrigeration company boss, Daniel Price, 32, died when his Ducati collided with a Vauxhall Astra as he rode along the A28 on the morning of October 4, 2009.

The accident was at the junction with Heather Drive.

The scene of the crash in which biker Daniel Price was killed

The scene of the crash in which biker Daniel Price was killed

Mr Price, a father-of-two, was taken to hospital but died the next day.

His widow, Victoria Price, of Sullivan Road, Tonbridge, sued the motorist’s insurers, claiming damages on behalf of herself and her two children for Mr Price’s death and the loss of his support to the family.

Judge Brian Forster has now approved an award of £615,000 to Mrs Price.

Sarah Venn, for Mrs Price, told the court that Mr Price was running a successful and expanding business at the time of his death and that the loss of his financial support to the family formed the backbone of their claim.

The High Court in London

The High Court in London

Judge Forster, said of Mrs Price: “She has gone through a lot and will continue to have a great burden.

“The children are lucky to have her. It is going to be very difficult to manage and she needs to deal with the finances to move on as best she can.”

"She has gone through a lot and will continue to have a great burden. The children are lucky to have her" - Judge Brian Forster

Addressing the widow directly, he added: “What I say cannot provide any comfort for you, but this will enable you to move on a little bit.

“I have four children of my own – you must be kept very busy. I hope you have some better luck and that the children do well, and you do well as well.”

Mrs Price replied: “I am very busy, and very proud.”

She declined to comment outside court after the hearing.

 


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