At about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24th, 48-year-old Jon Ely was killed in a motorcycle accident in Palm Springs. While riding a 2003 Harley Davidson northbound on North Indian Canyon Drive, Ely was struck by a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche that turned left in front of him, the impact causing him to suffer fatal injuries. Authorities are investigating the collision but do not believe alcohol was a factor.
“After a fatal accident, the formal investigation may take several weeks,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “which can be frustrating for family members seeking information about what happened to their loved one.”
Palm Springs accounted for none of the 30 fatalities and 13 of the 520 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in traffic accidents in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the crash statistics for cities with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings. Placing in 1st is considered the worst. In 2010, Palm Springs ranked 5th out of 93 cities for fatal and injury collisions involving motorcyclists.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jon Ely, the motorcyclist killed in the accident last Saturday.
The Desert Sun originally reported this Palm Springs crash.
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