Lake Worth Beach, FL (January 10, 2021) - A 59-year-old woman was killed in a motorcycle crash that left the driver with serious injuries. The crash took place on Saturday, January 9th at approximately 9:30 p.m.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene on 5th Avenue North at the intersection with Dixie Highway. According to deputies, 53-year-old James Kelly was traveling northbound on a 2019 Harley-Davidson. At the same time, a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling southbound and attempting to make a left turn onto 5th Avenue. The driver of the Malibu, 53-year-old Shirlene Rolle, turned in front of the motorcycle, causing a crash. Kelly and his passenger, Karen Rivers both suffered serious injuries. Rivers later succumbed to her injuries while Kelly was hospitalized at St. Mary's Medical Center.
There is no word at this time on whether any charges are expected. Police continue to investigate the accident.
Motorcycle crashes in Florida can be especially dangerous for victims. A motorcycle provides comparatively little protection in comparison to cars and other motor vehicles. This lack of protection often leads to serious crashes and major injuries or death. Each year, motorcycle accident deaths account for about 15% of all reported fatal traffic accidents in Florida.
We would like to offer our thoughts and condolences to the family of Karen Rivers following this deadly motorcycle crash in Lake Worth Beach.
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