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Huntington Beach Man Killed in Lake Havasu Boating Accident

By John Bisnar on July 8, 2010 - 1 comment

Eric Norris, 30, was killed in a boating accident in Lake Havasu after he was hit by another boat whose driver left without stopping. According to a KTLA News report, Norris fell off an inflatable chair as he was being towed by a boat the evening of July 3, 2010 near Havasu Landing Casino. Norris was floating in the water waiting for his boat to come back and pick him up when he was struck by another boat, San Bernardino Sheriff’s officials said.

Hit-and-Run Boater

The driver of the boat who ran him over did not stop. Norris died at the scene. Officials are looking for the hit-and-run boat, which is described as a 25-foot-long red vessel with a white stripe, a V-hull and an enclosed bow. The boat was last seen heading in the direction of Chalk Cliffs. Its operator was described as a white, heavy-set man with a mustache.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Eric Norris for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. He is survived by a 7-year-old son and an 88-year-old grandmother for whom he was the sole caretaker. Tragic! Friends have set up a memorial web site, www.ericoctopusnorris.com with information about donating money to help cover Norris’ funeral costs and to create a trust fund for his son. Norris’ family members will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers.

Liability Issues

I trust this hit-and-run boat driver will soon be apprehended and brought to justice. It is illegal under California to leave the scene of any traffic accident and that includes a boat accident. This driver should have remained at the scene, waited for the authorities to arrive and helped the injured victim in any way he could. But, he chose to drive away from the scene. He was required to stop irrespective of whether the accident was his fault or not.

In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing may have been involved, family members of deceased accident victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.

In your opinion, what are the most common dangers faced by boaters in our waters?

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One Response to “Huntington Beach Man Killed in Lake Havasu Boating Accident”

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    Sandy Samples, RN said:

    While the death of Mr. Norris is tragic, I can say with confidence that the boater that struck him may be completely unaware that he did so. My family and I are frequent boaters in Lake Havasu and are very familiar with the dangers of being in the water. I would hesitate placing blame on the boater until further information is obtained.

    My heart breaks for the Norris family.

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