Crippled London Colney policeman wins court battle

12:01 16 June 2010

Police

Police

Archant

A POLICEMAN left crippled by an accident just outside St Albans has been cleared of blame for his injuries.

Alexander Kotula, 27, of Norris Close in London Colney, faces a lifetime in a wheelchair following a collision in September 2006 at a roadworks site in Park Street when the-then cyclist was knocked over by a passing lorry.

Mr Kotula, who suffered post traumatic amnesia but denies riding the bike along a pedestrian corridor through the works, blames poor safety measures for the accident and over the past couple of weeks he has been fighting a claim for millions of pounds worth of damages at London’s High Court.

On Tuesday, Mr Kotula was told by a top judge that he would get 100 per cent of the assessed damages from EDF Energy Networks and its contractors, Morrison Utility Services Ltd and Birch Utilities Ltd, who all admitted their failure to maintain a pedestrian passage of one-metre width through the works.

On Tuesday Judge Simon Brown heaped all of the blame for Mr Kotula’s injuries on the three companies.

He said: “The defendants were wholly responsible for this accident in laying out a very hazardous multi-layered trap of a narrow path on a curve with kerb across it”.

During the trial, the companies claimed that Mr Kotula was partly responsible for the accident because he either negligently cycled on the pavement and through the street works, or carelessly walked through it.

But the judge said that he considered it more likely that Mr Kotula had dismounted by the time of his fall, as it would have taken an “extraordinary skilled” cyclist to safely cycle through such a narrow passage.

Mr Kotula will receive an interim payment of £50,000 while lawyers attempt to agree on the total amount of the damages payout.

0 comments

More news stories

16 minutes ago
The abondoned car with flat back tyres outside Waterstones on St Peter's Street

For over two months it has occupied a prime parking location in St Albans busy city centre.

12:01
Don't forget to vote for councillors in St Albans, and the Herts PCC

Voters go to the polls today (Thursday) to elect one third of St Albans district council.

The quad bike driver sustained serious injuries and later died in hospital

A 40 year old man has died after his quad bike collided with a car in St Albans on Sunday (1).

06:00
A special plaque was placed at The Wick in St Albans in memory of Harley Tobias

The parents of a popular St Albans teenager tragically killed in a car crash have had their grief compounded after someone stole a special plaque placed in his memory.

Buy tickets now for Jesus Christ Superstar at the Radlett Centre

Following on from the recent successes of ‘Hello Dolly’, ‘Company’ and ‘Children of Eden’ in 2015, the award-winning Radlett Light Operatic Society are bringing another classic to the stage this spring.

Most read stories

Local business directory

Hertfordshire's trusted business finder
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up