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Wednesday 28 September 2016

'I wasn't drunk', says Restaurant star who was hit by taxi in city

Food critic Tom Doorley suffered two broken shoulders in the city centre accident (Courtpix)
Food critic Tom Doorley suffered two broken shoulders in the city centre accident (Courtpix)

Food critic Tom Doorley has told a court he suffered two broken shoulders when he was knocked down by a taxi in Dublin city centre.

Mr Doorley, who appeared as a resident critic in TV3's hit reality show The Restaurant, lives in Cork but has a flat in Dublin.

Mr Doorley told Dublin District Court that on October 17, 2014 he went into the city centre for a business meeting. He drank two average-sized glasses of red wine. Afterwards he went to Trinity College, he said.

Later, at about 6pm, he went to another restaurant for another meal, during which he drank two small bottles of water. He then decided to get a taxi home and walked along Westmoreland Street.

At the junction with Fleet Street he was on the outside flank of a number of people crossing the road, he said.

"Due to a particular childhood experience I am extremely cautious crossing the road," he told Judge Miriam Walsh.

He said that as he was about to step onto the pavement on the far side kerb he spun and ended up on a bonnet of a car. He said he then landed on the ground on his back.

The court heard he was then taken by ambulance to St James's Hospital. One shoulder was broken in three places and he also broke his other shoulder.

Surgery

His left side was immobile for six months and he just recently had surgery, he said.

In cross-examination Mr Cruikshanks' solicitor put it to him he did not mention in his statement about the drinks. He said he did not think it was relevant, but it was put to him that it was relevant if someone was drunk.

"I certainly was not drunk," Mr Doorley said.

CCTV evidence was shown and medical reports were given to the court.

Garda Declan Ryan said the taxi driver, Mark Cruikshanks, was "very shaken up by what happened".

He said the taxi man told him that he did not see the pedestrian and suddenly there was an impact on the front of his Toyota Avensis and he braked immediately.

Giving evidence yesterday, Mr Cruikshanks said he had picked up a passenger and had to make his way to Fleet Street. He was 10 to 15 metres from the corner and the road was clear.

Cross

He said a person appeared in front of his car. He claimed Mr Doorley had been in the middle or the road when he was hit and other people were still waiting to cross.

Mr Cruikshanks (38), of Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, Dublin, is accused of careless driving at Fleet Street on the evening of October 17, 2014. He pleaded not guilty. He claimed Mr Doorley rushed out in front of his Toyota Avensis.

After hearing prosecution and defence witnesses, Judge Walsh granted an adjournment to consider her verdict. The case resumes next week.

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