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Govt pays elderly woman hit by policeman six years ago

Published:Tuesday | January 24, 2017 | 1:00 AM

Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte said damages have now been paid to Cecille Grey, the elderly Kingston woman who was hit down by a policeman and left unconscious in hospital for a month.

The Sunday Gleaner reported that the 82-year-old woman, who is also deaf, has been left distressed by the incident, which happened six years ago.

Grey said she was taking her granddaughter to school one December morning in 2010 when she was hit by the policeman's vehicle at the school gate along Olympic Way in St Andrew.

She spent one month in the hospital unconscious and the next month at home recuperating.

The Government accepted liability and made an offer of $2 million in compensation.

The offer was later reduced to $793,940, which was accepted by Grey.

She complained about the long wait to her getting the money, stressing that she continues to have mounting medical expenses related to the accident.

Yesterday, Malahoo Forte said that the payment was expedited and that the money had been deposited into Grey's bank account.

"It is really unfortunate that The Gleaner had to carry the story, but before the story was carried, approval was given from the chambers for the expedited payment, and it had been sent over to the Ministry of Justice, which was processing it. But I'm just happy that the payment has been made," the attorney general told The Gleaner.

She said the Government continues to work on judgment payments to persons.