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Surrey woman wins $1.4 million in car accident suit

An accident involving a car running a red light in a Surrey, B.C., intersection has led to $1.4 million in damages.
A Surrey woman has been awarded $1.4 million in a car accident lawsuit.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has awarded a Surrey woman $1.4 million in a lawsuit involving a 2018 car accident that left her with “devastating" injuries.

Colette Lillian Colgrove, 50, was injured when the car she was driving was struck by another vehicle at a Surrey intersection, said Justice Geoffrey Gomery in an April 29 ruling.

On March 15, 2018, Colgrove was driving a 2015 Toyota RAV 4 home from a SkyTrain station, travelling eastbound on 108th Avenue in Surrey. 

She stopped in the intersection with 140th Street on a green light. Intending to turn left, she waited for a break in traffic. 

But as she made her turn, a westbound 2015 Dodge Challenger ran the light and collided with Colgrove’s vehicle. 

The woman in the other car was taken away by ambulance. 

Firefighters, meanwhile, pulled Colgrove from her vehicle; her husband later drove her to Surrey Memorial Hospital.

That's when Colgrove began to feel pain in her left arm, lower back, hips, neck and shoulders. 

Within a week of the accident, Colgrove began to experience daily headaches accompanied by dizziness, nausea and vertigo.

Colgrove tried to go back to work at a chartered professional accountants firm where she worked as an executive assistant.

Soon, she was told to go home and rest. She never returned to work.

The woman in the other vehicle admitted she is liable to pay damages for Colgrove’s injuries, said the judge — something Colgrove claimed should range from $1.8 to $2.1 million. 

As part of the $1.4 million in damages, Colgrove was awarded over $1 million as compensation for future economic loss and over $150,000 for future costs of care.

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