LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The wife of an 83-year-old Lakewood Ranch retiree who was killed by a car that ran a red light in April is suing the driver in civil court.
A lawsuit seeking at least $15,000 in damages was filed earlier this month in Manatee County Circuit Court against Lindsay Damery, 22, of Bradenton. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Donald Mader's widow, Joyce, who is serving as the personal representative for the estate and survivors of her husband, a grown son and a daughter. The suit seeks a jury trial for damages against Damery for mental suffering and medical and
Donald Mader, who was riding a bicycle with his wife at the time of the accident at Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Parkside Place near his home the morning of April 4, was seriously injured when he was hit by Damery's car as she ran a red light at the intersection, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Mader died a few days later at Blake Medical Center.
His wife, 81, suffered minor injuries in the collision.
Mader and his wife were avid bicyclists and longtime residents of the Summerfield neighborhood in Lakewood Ranch. His friend and fellow churchgoer, Norman Kurtz, who served as an elder with Donald Mader at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Sarasota, said the couple were energetic participants in church activities.
"He was an awesome man, and he's going to be sorely missed," Kurtz previously told the Herald.
The couple, who had been married for 58 years, had been bicycling eastbound on Parkside Place waiting to make a left turn onto Lakewood Ranch Boulevard when Damery's 2004 Chevrolet Malibu ran a red light at the intersection, according to the FHP report.
After striking Mader's bicycle, her car continued southbound through the intersection and collided with the rear of a 2005 Land Rover driven by a 41-year-old Bradenton man. The man, Damery and three passengers in her car were not injured.
Damery was issued a citation for disregarding a traffic signal and the case was turned over to a traffic homicide investigation by FHP following Mader's death.
No criminal charges were filed and the case has been closed, FHP officials said Thursday.
Damery is due to appear in traffic court Wednesday in Manatee County to answer the citation. She has a record of several past traffic infractions.
Mader's attorney, Dan Dannheisser of the firm Paderewski, Dannheisser and Flaherty in Sarasota, declined to comment on the admissibility of Damery's past in regard to his client's suit.
Damery's attorney, Brian Rubenstein, was unavailable for comment Thursday.
Kathryn Moschella, Lakewood Ranch reporter can be reached at 941-745-7010. Follow her on Twitter @MoschellaHerald.