Victim claims £500k payout from driver

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A MOTORIST who killed a woman and left her sister severely brain damaged is now being sued for more than £500,000.

Rhodie Povey, of High Street, Stansfield, was jailed for three years in 2009 after pleading guilty to death by dangerous driving.

Povey had been driving his Porsche 944 at speeds up to 77mph on the A134 near Thurlow when he collided head on with a Citroen Saxa driven by Jane Gatt.

Mrs Gatt, 44, died of multiple injuries at Addenbrooke’s Hospital two days after the crash. Her sister Margaret Smith, 57, of Cavendish Court, Haverhill, survived, but can longer manage her own affairs as a result of her injuries.

Mrs Smith suffers from severe physical disability, an unsteady gait and has eyesight problems.

According to a High Court writ submitted on behalf of Mrs Smith, she is now unable to live independently, cannot manage her own financial affairs and needs considerable care.

Mrs Smith is seeking provisional damages of more than £500,000 and an order allowing her to return to court for more compensation if her condition deteriorates and she develops epilepsy.

The writ claims that Povey drove too fast, tried to overtake when it was unsafe without ensuring the road ahead was clear, drove onto the wrong side of the road and failed to avoid the collision.

Povey’s insurers have admitted responsibility for the accident.