Daubhill fatal crash driver Sherri Torkington to be sued for at least £300,000 after death of Laura Farrell

Daubhill death crash driver to be sued for £300,000

Sheri Torkington outside Bolton Crown Court before she was sentenced

Laura Farrell

The scene after the crash in which Laura Farrell was killed on July 29, 2011

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A GRIEVING widower is suing a dangerous driver for “unlimited compensation” after a fatal car crash that killed his wife.

Norman Farrell wants Sherie Torkington to pay him at least £300,000 after she drove through a red light on St Peter’s Way in June, 2011, smashing into him and his wife, Laura.

Mrs Farrell, aged 41, died at the scene and Mr Farrell suffered severe injuries, including a broken neck, punctured lung, fractured pelvis and ribs, and brain abscesses leading to epilepsy.

Torkington, a mother-of-four, of St Helens Road, Daubhill, was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving in November, 2013, and jailed for six years.

Now Mr Farrell, of Argyle Avenue, Worsley, has filed a High Court writ against her, calling her “negligent” and saying her driving was to blame for the loss of his wife.

He says that he depended on his wife for maintenance, income and support, as well as the work and services she provided for him around the home.

Insurers for Torkington, who is still in prison, have admitted liability for the horrific crash, but the two sides are understood to not agree on how much compensation 54-year-old Mr Farrell should receive.

A spokesman for his representatives, Fletchers Solicitors in Southport, said he would not comment on the case as it was ongoing.

Bolton Crown Court heard how Torkington had argued with her boyfriend before getting into her Ford Fiesta and driving through a red light at the junction of St Peter’s Way and Turton Street.

She smashed into Mrs Farrell’s Ford Focus as she drove her husband to his work at a cheese distribution company in The Valley.

As Torkington was sentenced to six years behind bars and given a six-year driving ban, Judge Timothy Stead condemned her actions as a “grossly dangerous thing to do”.

He added: “It is difficult to try to assess the effect this accident has had upon Mr Farrell, but he has said the physical pain is nothing compared to what he is feeling because of the loss of his wife.”

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