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Mother's death after collision between car and Luas 'a warning to all motorists' after case settled for €550,000

Yao Webster was struck by a car that had collided with a Luas on the morning of 7 April 2014.

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A SOLICITOR ACTING for the family of a woman who died following the collision between a car and a Luas tram in 2014, says the case “should be a warning to all motorists” of the dangers presented by traversing junctions with Luas lines.

35-year-old Yao Webster, a mother-of-one from Donabate in north Co Dublin, died after being struck by a car which collided with the tram at the junction of Jervis Street and Abbey Street on the morning of 7 April 2014.

RTÉ reports that the High Court today approved a settlement of almost €550,000 to the woman’s family following the accident.

Speaking after the settlement, Dermot McNamara, solicitor for Yao Webster’s widower Robin, said that the case had proven to be “devastating” for her family, adding that the accident highlighted the potential danger for motorists approaching junctions with a Luas line.

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“A momentary lapse in concentration by the motorist in this case proved to be devastating for the Webster family and led to Yao being taken from her adored daughter Chloe, who only turned five yesterday, her loving husband Robin and her parents in China who lost their only child,” McNamara said.

An unfortunate set of circumstances led to the instant ending of the life of a devoted mother, wife and daughter as she walked along the footpath to her place of work. She is dearly missed by her family whose life will never be the same.

“This case should be a warning to all motorists to exercise caution when driving near Luas lines and not take chances when approaching traffic lights as the consequences of a collision with a Luas tram could be catastrophic,” McNamara added.

The case had been taken against the driver of the car Quentin Hannezo, a French national, and Transdev Dublin Light Rail ltd, trading as Luas.

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