Tim Norris seriously hurt in auto crash Former Orioles prospect suffers multiple fractures

October 31, 1995|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

Tim Norris, who played minor-league baseball in the Orioles organization and was drafted at the same time as Cal Ripken, was seriously injured Sunday in a collision with a suspected drunk driver.

Norris, 35, of the 2800 block of Eleventh Street in Swan Point near Edgemere, was listed last night in serious but stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with multiple fractures and a head injury, according to police and a hospital spokeswoman.

The accident happened shortly before 4 p.m. as Norris and his wife, Christina, were driving to pick up their son, Brooks, at a friend's house. Norris was driving a 1989 Chevy Blazer north on North Point Road near Bauers Farm Road when a 1993 Ford F-250 pickup truck coming in the opposite direction crossed the center line into the Blazer's path, Baltimore County police said.

Rescue workers had to cut the roof off the Blazer to extricate Norris. He was flown by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Christina Norris, 35, who was sitting in the passenger seat, was taken to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she was treated for minor injuries and released Sunday night.

Norris' injuries include a broken leg, an arm broken in five places, a broken nose and broken cheekbone. Also, his spleen was removed.

"He's in pretty bad shape, but he's young," said Norris' mother-in-law, Irene DePazzo, who noted that his condition was upgraded yesterday to serious from critical.

The driver of the pickup truck, David Barrett, 31, of the 8600 block of Oak Road, also was taken to Bayview, where blood was drawn to determine his blood-alcohol level, police said. Unopened beer was found in the pickup, along with what police suspect was a marijuana cigarette.

The investigation is continuing and results will be turned over to the state's attorney for possible prosecution, police said.

Norris was a fourth-round draft pick out of Archbishop Curley High in 1978, the same year Ripken was selected by the Orioles in the second round from Aberdeen High.

They played together on the Orioles' rookie team in Bluefield, W.Va., and were roommates in a boarding house there. A pitcher, Norris went 5-6 with a 6.19 ERA at Bluefield, but suffered from tendinitis and struggled for three seasons at Double-A Charlotte before asking the team to release him.

Norris, who works at a printing plant, is still involved with baseball as a youth league coach. He coaches his son's team, the Maryland Orioles of Brooklyn, which was a runner-up this summer in the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series in Sylvania, Ohio.

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