Six-figure payout deal for woman hit by truck
A woman seriously injured when she was hit by a runaway lorry is to be awarded a six-figure sum in damages.
Diane Victoria Herron was struck by a 7.5 ton horse transporter that careered down a hill following a breakdown in Downpatrick in July 2013.
Despite being held in position by an automatic emergency system, the ordinary handbrake was not engaged.
A High Court judge ruled that the lorry's owner, Dale Roberts, and Patrick Murdock, a mechanic who worked on it, were both guilty of negligence.
He held Mr Murdock liable for 75% of the payout, and Mr Roberts for the remaining 25%.
Damages were said to have been agreed at a six-figure sum, plus costs to the plaintiff.
Ms Herron sued both defendants over the multiple injuries she sustained when the broken-down lorry crashed into her on Irish Street in the town.
It mounted a footpath, striking Ms Herron and causing damage to a number of properties.