Monday, March 27, 2023

Mother of daughter fatally injured in smash gives compensation to army hero

THE MOTHER of Louise Cooper, 23 who was killed by a lorry driver on the A13 has given all the compensation money to a wounded solidier reports

Miss Cooper, from Chafford Hundred, was killed in February 2008 after a lorry ploughed into her as she exchanged details with another driver on the hard shoulder.

The driver of the lorry, Lee Baker had been smoking cannabis, was driving at 60mph in fog.

Louise’s mother who never asked for any compensation was awarded £1,000 by her daughters car insurance company.

Three weeks after Louise’s death her mother was contacted by the insurers solicitor who asked several questions. She later received a letter telling her that she was not entitled compensation as Louise was over 18 and was single.

The insurance company later changed their mind and decided she was entitled to something for Louise’s suffering.

Louise’s mother did not want any compensation; she felt that any offer would be an insult to her daughter’s memory.

Louise had strong links with the armed forces, as her uncle had served in Iraq, Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan, and her brother in Iraq.

For these reasons Louise’s mother made the decision to give the compensation to Craig Wood, a soldier who lost both legs and part of his arm in a bomb blast.

Lee Baker was sentenced to 14 months in prison last September after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

At the time of the incident Louise had just been involved in minor road traffic accident and was on the hard shoulder exchanging details with another driver when she was killed.


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