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La Quinta: Motorcyclist Monte Gardner Killed in DUI Crash


Shortly before 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 59-year-old motorcyclist Monte Gardner, of La Verne, was killed in a DUI crash in La Quinta. While traveling eastbound on Avenue 52, 54-year-old David Brennan, of Palm Desert, failed to stop at the intersection with Madison Avenue and collided with Gardner, who was riding southbound on Madison at the time. Emergency responders transported both men to area hospitals, where Gardner succumbed to his injuries. Authorities arrested Brennan on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and vehicular manslaughter. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to call 760-863-8990.

“When a family loses a loved one to an intoxicated driver, they may file a wrongful death claim in order to hold the driver liable for their loss,” explained California motorcycle accident attorney James Ballidis.

La Quinta accounted for none of the 36 fatalities and 2 of the 507 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. That year, three out of every ten people killed while driving in the state had either legal or illegal drugs in their blood at the time of the accident, according to the OTS.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Monte Gardner, the motorcyclist who was killed in the DUI crash in La Quinta.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune originally reported this collision.

Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury and the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California motorcycle accident attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596 or contact us through our website.

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