September 19, 2010
A record 13.75 million pounds has been awarded in cyclist crash compensation to a former Commonwealth Games cyclist who suffered horrific injuries in a road traffic accident during a training ride in November 1998.
Manny Helmot, now aged 39, from Guernsey, represented the British Crown Dependency in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, and was looking forward to a promising career which was brought to an abrupt finish when he was struck by a car driven by Dylan Simon, also of Guernsey.
Manny sustained awful injuries in the accident, including the loss of use in his right arm, partial blindness and brain injury. He was 36 weeks in hospital recovering from his injuries, and has since been cared for by his mother, Rose, and her partner, Ken Jordan, in their adapted Guernsey home.
The negligent driver was convicted of dangerous driving and an initial award of 9 million pounds was made to him (Manny). However, Rose and Ken felt that this was insufficient to meet Manny’s lifelong needs and, at the Guernsey Court of Appeal, Judge Jonathon Sumption concurred.
By telling Simon’s insurers, Tradex, to pay a further 4.75 million pounds, the previous UK record compensation award of 11 million pounds – made earlier this year to a road traffic accident victim in Wolverhampton – was eclipsed.