A musician who was out celebrating his birthday when he was ploughed into by a drink driver while crossing the road, has been awarded more than £1.1 million in road traffic compensation, the Henley Standard has reported.
Londoner Tavenor Douglas, now 41, was celebrating his 35th birthday when the over the limit drunk driver struck him, close to London’s Natural History Museum.
Mr. Douglas was rushed to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital following the collision, where he remained in a coma for a week, he then spent the following month on the hospitals intensive care ward.
His injuries were numerous and severe, including a fractured skull, brain damage, facial injuries and damage to his spine and pelvis. As a result, Mr Douglas now suffers severe speech and mobility problems as well as long-standing psychological and neurological difficulties.
However, in March 2011 Mr. Douglas was awarded £1,137,500 in compensation at London’s High Court. His legal team successfully claimed against the driver’s insurance company and the driver was banned from driving for three years after admitting to being under the influence.
Tragically, the accident happened just as Mr. Douglas was putting the finishing touches to his debut album. And while the money will help soften the blows to his daily life, he can no longer sing or play an instrument.