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Claim by Ilford Teen Who Sustained Brain Damage

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A recently deceased driver who hit and caused a teenager to sustain brain damage is being sued by the teen’s uncle.

The driver, Peter Shorer, crashed into the teen while she attempted to cross a pelican crossing in Ilford. He was driving a Mitsubishi Spacestar when he crashed in January 2008.

Joema Miguel, who is now 18, was taken to the Romford-based Queen’s Hospital in a deep coma along with a serious brain injury. The teen is currently incontinent and has to be treated with Botox injections as a result of her spasms.

Peter Shorer, who was a former goldsmith and helped restore the Sutton Hoo helmet, is having his personal representatives sued by Joema’s uncle; Antonio Pinto.

Mr. Pinto is seeking more than £300,000 on behalf of his niece.

The charges brought forward include; ignoring a red light, not giving way, not noticing Joema, speeding, and not keeping a proper look out.

Mr. Shorer admitted guilt at the Barking Magistrates Court in July 2009, but has since died.

Ms. Miguel was originally set to sit nine of her GCSEs, while also sitting French a year earlier at Little Ilford School in Manor Park. Ms. Miguel can only communicate using her eyes by blinking now.

The teen suffers long term severe cognitive defects, pain, frustration, depression, and discomfort. Ms. Miguel, who has to eat through a tube, will not make any further recovery according to doctors.

The date for the hearing is yet to be set at the High Court in London.