Brevard Judge Approves Settlement for DUI Crash Victim’s Family

The family of a 37-year-old mother of six who was fatally hit by a car in Cocoa three years ago, has reached a confidential settlement with the insurance company involved. Although the details of the settlement remain undisclosed, it is expected to exceed the $10,000 policy carried by Suzanna Norris, who was convicted in connection with the case. The settlement money will be distributed firstly to Lucas’ eldest daughter, with the remainder being kept in trust funds.

Passion Lucas’ sister, Makita, maintained that despite the monetary settlement, they felt they needed more justice. While walking home from a nearby hospital in June 2021, Passion Lucas was hit by Norris, whose blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit. Norris, who was represented by prominant attorney Alan Landman, was eventually charged with DUI manslaughter.

Initially, there were some problems with the case, including an erroneous court filing by a Cocoa Police Department traffic homicide officer stating that no one was injured in the fatal crash. Makita gradually pushed for charges to be filed.

At the same time, the state attorney’s office defended that the crash was “unavoidable” and that the “pedestrian created the hazard,” thereby negating accountability. In June 2022, Norris was found guilty, sentenced to six months in jail, and fined $1,000, among other penalties. Norris was later dismissed from her position as founder of Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds.

Alan Landman concedes that his client comprehends the gravity of the tragedy and is relieved to have this ordeal behind her. Now, three of Passion Lucas’ youngest children are being cared for by Makita, one by their godmother, and the two oldest by their grandmother.

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