Widow seeks compensation for South Africa death

An Ipswich woman is seeking GBP 400,000 in compensation after her partner died in a crash while on holiday.

Michael Cole, 48, was on a Virgin Holidays getaway in South Africa on Boxing Day 2007 when the minibus he was in had an accident, the Ipswich Star reports.

Now his partner Gina Warren has slammed the minibus driver, branding him negligent, too speedy, out of control and erratic.

Ms Warren issued a writ to the High Court in London this month detailing the accusations. The case has taken two years to get to court because an out-of-court settlement had fallen through.

Ms Warren, who was Mr Cole’s sole dependent, told the newspaper: "At the moment the claim is just going through the court process – I have spoken to my solicitor today to find out the progress and nothing is likely to happen for two months."

Virgin Holidays is now the largest long-haul scheduled operator in the country, after it was started by Sir Richard Branson in June 1984.

It offers an extensive list of holiday destinations including in Africa, the US, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

A spokeswoman for Virgin Holidays said: "We are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic events surrounding Mr Cole’s death and supported the family at the time and continue to do so as appropriate."ADNFCR-2070-ID-19226724-ADNFCR

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