A driver has successfully claimed compensation from the Athens Water Company (EYDAP) after crashing her car on a road that was slippery because oily substances had seeped out from a gutter that the firm was responsible for, sources said yesterday. In a case that could act as a landmark for similar claims, the woman was awarded 2,580 euros in damages by EYDAP’s compensation department. She crashed her car in Nea Erythraia, northern Athens, almost a year ago. Traffic police confirmed the accident was caused by the slippery road. The water company wanted to deduct a 3.6 percent handling tax from the damages. However, the Ombudsman insisted that the full amount should be paid since the tax is meant to be paid by the debtor, not the recipient. EYDAP paid the full amount and said it would review its practices.