Kelly Reister, 51, of Mission Viejo was killed in an Orange County motorcycle accident after she lost control and crashed the evening of May 17, 2009 on Ortega Highway, The Orange County Register reports. According to CHP officials, Reister was traveling westbound on the Ortega Highway on her 2008 Harley Davidson and was approaching a sweeping left curve on the roadway near San Juan Creek bridge when she failed to negotiate the curve and veered to the right striking a rock. Reister, who officials say was a novice rider, was traveling at 35 mph at the time of the motorcycle accident. She was thrown from the motorcycle and landed on the roadway. She was airlifted to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Kelly Reister for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Reister. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to recent motorcycle accident statistics released by the CHP, there were 980 motorcycle accidents in Orange County in 2007, which resulted in 24 deaths. There were 3,472 motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles County and 714 in Riverside during the same year. In Los Angeles County, the number of motorcycle accident fatalities has increased at a significant rate. There were 85 deaths and 2,792 injuries relating to motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles County in 2007. CHP studies show 96 people died in motorcycle collisions in 2008 in Los Angeles County compared to 58 deaths in 2001.
The news article says Reister was a novice rider, but other reader comments to the report indicate the roadway was the site of many previous motorcycle crashes and fatalities. If I were a family member I’d want to know exactly what caused this tragic motorcycle collision and how Reister lost control of her motorcycle. Was there a dangerous condition on that highway that caused her to crash? Was there a mechanical malfunction or a product defect in the Harley motorcycle that may have led Reister to lose control?
Reister’s family would be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County motorcycle accident attorney who will help determine what caused this fatal Orange County motorcycle accident. Experienced personal injury lawyers will be able to carefully examine the facts of this case, determine whether there was any negligence and look at all aspects including a dangerous roadway and possible product defects or mechanical problems with the motorcycle.