Widower Martha Sarah Young – known as Sally – parked her car and was walking towards a gym to meet her 26-year-old son David when she saw a badly damaged car.
Judge Lady Rae said: “Her initial reaction was one of relief that her own children could not be involved as her son did not drive and her daughter was at home”. It was whilst at the gym that the police arrived to tell Mrs Young that her son had been involved in the accident.
Motorist Arthur MacVean was speeding and lost control of the car which she had seen killing David who was walking along the pavement in Scotstoun, Glasgow. In 2012 the motorist – then 63 – was jailed for four and a half years after being convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.
Mrs Young was said to have had a very close relationship with her son especially after the death of her husband who died in a helicopter crash in the North Sea in 1992. He told David to take care of his mother and sister before he embarked on his fatal offshore trip.
The judge said when Sally was told of the tragedy: “She remembers screaming and shouting words such as “I don’t think I can go through this again. I can’t do this”. She went on to tell the court that following her son’s death she was unable to visit places where she used to meet him and that she had visions of him walking down the street and ‘being hit into the air’.
She was recently awarded more than £230,000 in damages after she raised an action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, suing the driver who hit her son. The judge ruled that she was entitled to compensation as she was a secondary victim and when assessing the damaged she considered that Mrs Young had a particularly close relationship with her son partly due to the untimely loss of her husband.
The compensation included £80,000 for loss of society, £30,000 for personal serviced, £35,000 for pain and suffering, £80,000 for loss of earnings and services and £6,250 for the cost of psychological treatment.
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Source: Daily Mail