A STUDENT has been handed a five-figure payout after being knocked down by a car while walking along a Sheffield street.
PhD researcher Dion Curry, aged 31, from Rustlings Road, near Endcliffe Park, suffered severe injuries to his back and knees after he was knocked through a shop window.
Mr Curry was walking along Ecclesall Road with his friend when an out-of-control Audi R8 hit a VW Golf with such force that it mounted the pavement and struck him, throwing him through the window and leaving him unconscious.
The crash, in October 2008, left him with an injury to his back requiring chiropractic treatment, severe scarring caused by the glass, recurring headaches, and torn ligaments in his knee.
The driver was never prosecuted but solicitors have secured Mr Curry an undisclosed five-figure out-of-court settlement from the insurers of the Audi R8.
Mr Curry, who is originally from Canada, spent two weeks in hospital after the crash, where he was monitored and treated for a head injury, which still causes him headaches, difficulties with concentration and mood swings.
He said: “The accident set me back three months in my PhD research and teaching and created undue stress for me financially and personally.
“I can only hope what happened to me will encourage road users to drive safely so no-one else goes through what I have.”
Mr Curry’s solicitor Katy Bailey, from Sheffield firm Irwin Mitchell, said: “While we are delighted to have helped Dion gain access to funds he needs for rehabilitation, including regular treatment by a chiropractor, nothing can make up for the ordeal he has been through and the health problems he continues to face because of that fateful night.”