FICAC lawyer Paul Madigan escaped serious injuries when he was hit by a speeding vehicle on Nasekula Road in Labasa last week. Mr Madigan said after the incident he was happy to be alive.
The accident happened not long after he arrived on Thursday afternoon to attend to a case in court on Friday morning. He was returning from the St Mary’s School bazaar in town about 5pm when he was hit.
“I was crossing the road to the Northpole Hotel when a car sped out of a side street and hit me,” Mr Madigan said.
“I was hit in the left leg, thrown off balance and sprawled out on the street but I managed to pick myself up.
“The driver stopped, wound down his window and said he was sorry before speeding off again.
“I told him he was a bloody idiot but was too shocked by what had happened to remember to get his name and registration number.”
Mr Madigan said while having dinner at the Grand Eastern Hotel he felt a terrible pain in his leg and was taken to the hospital where an X-ray revealed muscle injuries.
“They dressed the gash on my left leg and gave me some painkillers,” he said. “Suddenly the friendly North became unfriendly – but I know I was just unlucky.”
As a result, Mr Madigan had to limp around the court house. There’s no word on the whereabouts of the driver.
Fiji Times, 17Nov08
Poor us, the taxpayers, now we have to foot that FICAC expat lawyer’s medical bills, extra transport allowance, a wheelchair perhaps, complete with a personal assistant and security guard. Phew!
Man, that blasted driver!