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Woman launches £300,000 compensation claim after being hit by car in Norwich while walking home from festival

PUBLISHED: 15:35 28 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:09 29 January 2018

Sundown Festival 2017. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Sundown Festival 2017. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A woman who was injured after being hit by a car in Norwich while walking home from a festival has launched a £300,000 compensation claim.

Natasha George, 30, from Newton Flotman, suffered leg and foot injuries after the incident on Dereham Road, in Norwich, in February 2014.

According to a High Court writ, Ms George can no longer run, suffers from foot swelling, lost part of her heel and finds it difficult to walk on uneven ground. She must wear special footwear and has scarring as a result of the crash.

The papers say she also developed an adjustment disorder, with a loss of confidence, low mood and anxiety affected by her scars and loss of function. Her prognosis, the writ says, depends on physical recovery.

The incident happened as Ms George, who works as a cleaner, walked home from Sundown Festival, which had been held at the Norfolk Showground, after losing her friends.

The road has no path and was unlit, and the writ accuses Colin Doran, of Rowton Heath in Norwich, of negligence - alleging he drove too fast, with dipped headlights, failed to break in time and failed to keep a reasonable care for her safety.

But Mr Doran disputes the claim, saying that Ms George should not have been walking in the road, as opposed to the grass verge, wearing dark clothing, with her back to traffic, intoxicated and talking on her mobile phone.

While Ms George said she had been drinking, she said she only had four drinks in the six hours leading up to the crash.

The writ says she believed the road was closed to traffic because of the festival and did not hear the hybrid car approach, the sound of which was masked by music from the festival.

She has said she is at a disadvantage when it comes to finding work, and may only be able to work part-time in the future.

In his defence, Mr Doran denies that the road was closed to traffic, says he was driving at 40mph, which he says was an appropriate speed.

While he said he was aware of cones in the road, he denies that they indicated a pedestrian lane, and says he had passed other walkers on a grass verge.

If the claim succeeds, a final compensation figure could be in excess of £300,000.

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