CHAPTER 344

CLAIM

FANNIE M. SCOTT

AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE MONEY TO FANNIE M. SCOTT AS COMPENSATION FOR DAMAGES SUFFERED BY THE LOSS OF HER SON NORMAN DEMPSEY SCOTT THROUGH TILE NEGLIGENCE OF AN EMPLOYEE OF THE STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT.

WHEREAS, Norman Dempsey Scott was riding as a passenger in the automobile of one Mark Shockley on the night of November 27, 1947, on State Highway No. 14; and

WHEREAS, the bridge tender stationed by the State Highway Department on the bridge over the Mispillion River on the said State Highway No. 14 was negligent and careless in that he did not lower the bridge gate across the highway before raising the bridge for the passage of a boat on the Mispillion River; and

WHEREAS, because of darkness and because of said failure of the bridge tender to lower the said gate, the driver of the automobile in which Norman Dempsey Scott was a passenger was unable to see the raised bridge in time to avoid collision therewith; and

WHEREAS, a collision did occur with the loss of the life of the said Norman Dempsey Scott, age twenty-nine; and

WHEREAS, Fannie M. Scott of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware was financially dependent for support upon her son, Norman Dempsey Scott, until the latter's death; NOW, THEREFORE,

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That the sum of Seven Hundred ($700.00) Dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated unto the said Fannie M. Scott, mother of Norman Dempsey Scott, deceased, in full settlement of all claims against the State of Delaware due to the loss of her said son.

Section 2. This bill shall be known as the Supplementary Appropriation Act and the money hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State Treasury from sums not otherwise appropriated. The Auditor of Accounts is hereby authorized and fully empowered and directed to approve and properly execute a warrant for, and the State Treasurer is hereby authorized, fully empowered and directed to pay to Fannie M. Scott of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware the above specified sum.

Approved June 30, 1949