12-Year-Old Sues Parents for Drunk Driving
12-year-old Faith Carberry from Ireland almost lost her life, after her mom drove drunk in 2007. Now, the little girl is suing her parents in an accident that killed 2 people and left her severely injured.
On November 2007, Faith was in a car with her mom Mary Carberry when the latter crashed her BMW in an embankment, following a night of heavy drinking. As a result of the accident, Faith’s sister Ava, 6, and her friend Michaela Logan, 9 died. Faith, as well as Michaela’s brother John suffered serious injuries from the accident.
According to the Irish Independent, Mary was in the middle of a pub crawl and decided to pick up the four kids from school. Unfortunately, she “blacked out” and ran the car straight into the embankment.
“All I remember is the thump. Then the flashing blue lights,” she recounted in court. “I did not know what I hit. I remember Ava, I remember her face, I just don’t know what happened. I don’t remember arriving in the hospital.”
After the accident, Mary was sentenced to six years in prison, but her time was later reduced to four years.
Now, five years after the incident, Faith is suing her mother, as well as her father, Anthony Varden. Varden who is a wealthy businessman is accused of negligence and buying the alleged car for Faith’s mother, indirectly causing physical and psychological damage.
Carberry has had a history of alcoholism and was banned from driving after two DUI charges prior to the 2007 incident. Unfortunately, Varden still bought her the new BMW so she can allegedly find someone to drive the kids to school. Varden told the court that he didn’t expect Carberry to drive the car.
On Wednesday, the suit was settled but on undisclosed terms.