A teenage girl who suffered horrific injuries when she was run over by a bus outside Brentford Library has won her two-year fight for compensation.
Dolly Hughes, 15, suffered appalling injuries, including a triple pelvic fracture and extensive scarring, after she was caught under the vehicle's back wheel.
But after a lengthy battle the bus company has agreed to pay out an undisclosed five figure sum to The Green School for Girls pupil.
Her mum Justine Hughes, 36, said: "Nowadays, all too often children are blamed for incidents. In my daughter's case the bus company's solicitors were trying to say that my daughter and her friends were acting like hooligans.
"I know my daughter Dolly and her friends are good kids, and the fact the bus company has paid out proves this as far as I am concerned."
On Saturday, May 6, 2006, as Dolly tried to board the Brentford-bound E2 bus with a group of friends in Boston Manor Road the driver closed the doors and she fell underneath the single decker as it turned left round the corner.
"The only thing that saved her life was that she looked up and saw the back wheel," said Justine, a school learning support assistant. "She managed to push herself up and it ran over her pelvis."
Representatives of Armchair Passenger Transport Co Ltd, which has dissolved since the incident, agreed to pay compensation earlier this year and the claim was ratified by a judge at Brentford County Court last Thursday.
Dolly will now undergo two operations to improve the appearance of scarring to her right foot.