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Girl disabled in crash, awarded USD 36 mn payout!

Posted on Nov 20, 10:13PM | IANS

A British teenager who was paralysed in a car accident and also lost her mother in it would receive a record 23 million pounds (over USD 36 million) as compensation.

Agnes Collier, 17, lost the use of her legs and most of the function in her arms after her family's car was hit by a lorry. Her mother Karen Hood, 48, died and elder brother Rufus, now 18, suffered a serious head injury in the 2009 smash on the A436 in Gloucestershire.

The payout, approved by the High Court in London, is thought to be the highest ever for personal injury, almost doubling the previous record of about 12 million pounds, The Sun reported.

Anthony Norton, 48, who caused the accident, was given a six-month suspended jail sentence and banned from driving for 18 months. He has also been ordered to do 300 hours' community service after admitting causing death by driving without care and attention.