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Road rage victim in payout 14 years after attack

Emily Kirwin Image copyright Slater and Gordon
Image caption Emily Kirwin, pictured aged 4 and 18, was in a coma for six days after the incident

The child victim of a road rage attack who was left for dead 14 years ago has been awarded compensation for her injuries.

Emily Kirwin, now 18, was in a trailer on the back of her father's bike when the driver of a Range Rover reversed over them before fleeing the scene.

Ms Kirwin, from North Cave, East Yorkshire, spent six days unconscious and has required years of treatment.

A civil case against driver Carl Baxter awarded her a five-figure sum.

Baxter was jailed for two years in 2003 after pleading guilty to two counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm, dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

The court heard Emily's father raised his fist at the Range Rover as it passed within a few feet of him while they were on a bike ride in the Yorkshire Wolds.

The Range Rover then stopped and reversed at speed towards the family, crushing Mr Kirwin and his daughter.

Baxter, from Market Weighton, East Yorkshire, later walked into a police station and confessed.

When three passing nurses arrived at the scene, they initially believed Miss Kirwin was dead. Her father was left with a broken pelvis, leg and ribs.

Miss Kirwin said: "In a way it was worse for my parents because they witnessed the accident, whereas I can only remember waking up in hospital.

"The regular trips to hospitals are just something I have had to get used to. My face is still slightly distorted, but fortunately for the most part I have made a good recovery."

Slater and Gordon lawyers said the case was about ensuring she was "properly compensated for the long-term effects" of the incident.

The exact amount Miss Kirwin was compensated was undisclosed.

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