$18.4 million car crash

Canada's largest car crash award

Recently a 22-year-old Ontario woman was awarded more than $18 million for brain injuries stemming from her single-vehicle accident.

A tragic accident occurred on August 2, 2002, when then 15-year-old Grade 10 student Katherine-Paige MacNeil was a passenger in a vehicle with two friends. The vehicle was being driven by Trevor Bryan, whose license had been suspended but was reinstated at the time of the accident. Bryan ran a stop sign while crossing Highway 89 in southwestern Ontario. This resulted in a head-on crash into the ditch on the other side.

MacNeil was the only person wearing a seat belt. She was in the back seat of the vehicle. She suffered a skull fracture and was left with multiple, permanent and catastrophic brain injuries. Now she is incapable of taking care of herself. Her needs require constant supervision and her parents have both quit their jobs to provide this care.

The award is Canada's largest to date and includes approximately $15 million for future care costs and $1.3 million for future loss of income.