Hadleigh: Hit-and-run victim seeks compensation

A LEGAL team acting on behalf of a man “catastrophically injured” in a road accident in Suffolk last year is taking legal action to claim compensation after he was hit by an uninsured driver.

Christopher Corder was out delivering leaflets on foot in Benton Street on the outskirts of Hadleigh when he was struck by a Daimler car on September 27 2009.

In February the driver responsible for the crash, Andrew Boyd, manager of rock star Pete Doherty, was jailed for 12 months and banned from driving for three years.

Boyd, of Lady Margaret Road, London, admitted dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an injury collision and failing to report an injury collision.

He also admitted driving without insurance and driving without reasonable consideration. The car he was driving was owned by Mr Doherty.


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Mr Corder suffered a severe brain injury and fractures to many bones and he was still in a coma at Colman Hospital in Norwich five months after the accident.

Today the 44-year-old is in a stable condition, although not aware of anything around him, and is being cared for at a home in Ipswich.

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His solicitor is seeking compensation for his injuries and aim to ensure Mr Corder is able to receive the most appropriate medical treatment and care for the rest of his life. The papers will be served at the Royal Courts of Justice today.

Hannah Rutterford, the partner at Kester Cunningham John which is representing Mr Corder and his family, said the claim would be for a “substantial” figure due to the life-changing nature of the injuries he suffered.

She said: “Christopher has a very close and loving family who should be admired for their unconditional hard work and support for him. The family have been devastated by the incident and now just wish to ensure that Christopher can be given whatever medical treatment or care is most appropriate.

“This is an unusual case from a legal perspective because the driver who hit Christopher borrowed a car from someone else and neither appear to have insurance that covered the driver. The matter is still being investigated but, if there is no insurance, thankfully Christopher will still be compensated by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau as a last resort.” Mr Doherty was fined �500 by Lowestoft magistrates in March and banned from driving for 12 months for allowing his Daimler to be driven by someone who was uninsured.

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