Driver sued by accident victim's wife Mother of three seeks $3 million


A Kent Island woman whose husband was killed in a motorcycle accident near Edgewater has filed a $3 million suit in Circuit Court against the teen-aged driver of the car that hit him.

Kiva Norris of the 200 block of Dominion Lane in Chester alleges that the April 30 accident along Central Avenue that killed her husband, James M. Norris, was caused by the youth's negligence.

Mr. Norris, a father of three, was motoring west on Central Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. when the accident occurred. A car being driven east on Central Avenue by David Offer of the 5300 block of Deale Churchton Road in Churchton turned left onto Mayo Road and entered into Mr. Norris' path, according to the suit.

After the two collided, Mr. Norris, 37, was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight May 1, said Phillip A. Dales 3d, the plaintiff's Crofton lawyer.

The suit, filed Tuesday, names as defendants the Offer youth and his parents, Robert F. Offer and Geraldine Offer of Churchton.

The family declined to comment yesterday.

The suit alleges that the Offer youth, 16 at the time of the accident, was negligent for failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to control his vehicle and "driving directly in front of the path of Mr. Norris' motorcycle." Traffic charges against Mr. Offer are pending, according to the state's attorney's office.

The suit says that as a result of the accident, Kiva Norris and the couple's three children -- James Jr., 13, Christi, 7, and Benjamin, 4 -- "have suffered and will continue to suffer sorrow and mental anguish."

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