SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A trial has started for a teenager suing her father, who is accused of backing over her with a lawnmower when she was a toddler.
She is also suing Deere & Company, which manufactured the John Deere lawnmower.
The girl said in 2006, when she was two years old, she came up behind the lawnmower her father Kirk Norton was driving in the yard of their Springfield home. She said Norton didn’t know she was there and backed over her, causing her leg to need to be amputated.
She is accusing Norton of negligence, claiming he failed to keep a proper lookout for her and that he shouldn’t have used the lawnmower in his backyard.
The girl claims Deere & Company should not have installed a button on the lawnmower that disables a child safety feature when it backs up.
She is seeking $9 million in damages from the company and her father.
Norton is currently in prison. In 2011, he pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sex abuse and sodomy.