Teenage crash victim to receive record compensation worth £23m

Teenager Agnes Collier who was paralysed in a car crash which killed her mother is to receive record compensation worth £23 million.

The Cheltenham Ladies College pupil, who is now 17, was left with no use of her legs and little function in her arms after the accident on the A436 in Gloucestershire.

Her 48-year-old mother Karen Hood, a teacher, died in the March 2009 accident and Agnes's older brother Rufus suffered a serious head injury, from which he has made a good recovery.

Agnes's father, investment banker Dominic Collier, and stepmother Jannene, were at London's High Court for the approval of a damages award against the insurers of motorist Anthony Norton, who caused the accident when he pulled out of a side road, causing Ms Hood to be hit by an oncoming lorry.