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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Nurse who claimed taxi driver ran over his foot settles case

Psychiatric nurse Thomas Conlon outside the High Court. Photo: Collins
Psychiatric nurse Thomas Conlon outside the High Court. Photo: Collins

A High Court action taken by a man who claimed that a taxi driver drove over his foot has been settled following talks.

Thomas Conlon (38), a psychiatric nurse of Bird Avenue, Clonskeagh, sued Frank Daly, of Mourne Road, Drimnagh, a driver with Local South Side Taxis, over an incident he claimed happened in April 2014.

Mr Conlon claimed Mr Daly drove erratically and at excessive speed and failed to remain at the scene of an accident.

Mr Daly denied the claims and said Mr Conlon was the author of his own misfortune.

Yesterday, on what was the second day of the case, Mr Justice Michael Hanna was informed that it had been settled and could be struck out.

In his evidence, Mr Conlon said he called a taxi to take his mother, aged in her 80s, to St Stephen's Green.

He said the radio was extremely loud as the driver was listening to a soccer commentary. He said he asked Mr Daly to lower the volume but he refused.

Weeping

Mr Conlon said he asked twice to be let out of the car. When it did pull in, the driver shouted at him about money and he said he would pay once he had helped his mother out, he said.

"I had one foot out of the car, he put the car in gear and began to drive off. I was hopping on one leg and the car ran over my left foot," Mr Conlon said.

He added that he fell to the ground, dislocating his shoulder, and the taxi took off down the road with his mother still inside.

He said he later found her sitting on a wall, weeping.

Mr Daly said he was listening to football results and thought the volume was reasonable.

When Mr Conlon told him he wanted to get out of the car, he told him the fare would be €6. "He said I was getting f**k all. I stopped and he was out on the road screaming," he said.

Mr Daly denied he ran over Mr Conlon's foot.

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