Car crash news
Compensation for bicycle boy in police car crash
A boy who was cycling home when he was in car crash with a police vehicle, on an emergency call, has been awarded an undisclosed amount of compensation for the personal injury he suffered which has left him severely disabled.
The family of the boy, who is now 17, launched a legal case for damages against Dorset Police Authority although an Independent Police Complaints Commission report stated that the police driver was not to blame for the road traffic accident.
The Bournemouth boy's father said after the High Court hearing that he hoped lessons had been learnt from the collision, which Dorset Police said it deeply regretted.
The former grammar school student had nearly reached home in December 2006 after attending an air cadets meeting when the collision occurred. He was in a coma for three weeks but has now recovered sufficiently to attend a special school.
A force spokesman said: "Dorset Police is pleased that the matter has been resolved amicably and that a settlement was reached without any acceptance of liability for the accident.
"Dorset Police takes safety very seriously, particularly where there is risk to the public and to officers themselves when carrying out their duties."
The boy's family intends to use the car crash compensation settlement to ensure he has financial security and necessary care.