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$7m payout for  callous hit-run
Maimed: Ned Mather. Picture: The West Australian

More than $7 million has been awarded to a promising young apprentice maimed when deliberately run over outside a 17th birthday party.

Ned Mather was 18 when hit with enough force to smash the window of the car Jay Joseph Libri drove at teenagers outside the party in Duncraig on February 4, 2011.

Mr Mather had life-threatening injuries and was left with permanent disabilities, including limited mobility and brain damage.

In the Supreme Court yesterday, Mr Mather's lawsuit against Libri was finalised, with consent orders awarding him compensation of $7,261,383.

The Insurance Commission of WA will meet the payout under third-party insurance.

Mr Mather's mother Tracey Moore said it was a relief that her son would have the financial means to meet his needs.

But she said the money would not give her son back his life.

"They can have every cent in a heartbeat to swap for Ned's life back," she said.

Ms Moore said Mr Mather was "doing OK" but was recovering from a broken jaw after a recent fall.

Slater and Gordon lawyer Karina Hafford, for Mr Mather, said the payout was one of WA's biggest for a motor vehicle settlement.

A trustee would hold the money for the 21-year-old's future, which included full-time nursing for the rest of his life.

"Ned was an innocent pedestrian who was tragically struck down and has had to rebuild his life with intense physio and speech therapy to learn to walk and talk again," Ms Hafford said.

"He was a promising young apprentice but will never work again.

"Ned's family have never stopped fighting for his recovery. They have done everything they could to improve his situation and I commend them for their devotion."

Libri, who fled after the crash and went to the pub to drink, was sentenced to four years jail after a jury convicted him of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.

At the time, District Court Judge Jeremy Curthoys criticised Libri's "callous and reckless disregard" and "utterly selfish" behaviour .

He was given parole in April.

The West Australian

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