DART Officer is Injured in Motorcycle Collision
Posted on January 4, 2017
A motorcycle officer named Justin Ellis was seriously injured in a traffic accident in which the other motorist ran a red light. The accident occurred in October 2016, just three months after the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) lost Officer Brent Thompson in the ambush that also claimed the lives of four Dallas officers.
According to Clint McNear, a retired Garland police officer and friend of Officer Ellis, the motorcycle officers are very committed because they ride during extreme temperatures. As a result of the crash, Officer Ellis will be confined to a wheelchair in the near future. He is a husband and father of two young children, and had not returned to his home in almost two months. However, due to his impending arrival home just days before Christmas, his friends attempted to construct a handicap accessible retrofit in seven days.
Most of the work took place in the bathroom, where a wheelchair is now able to roll into the shower since the doorways were expanded. There is a wheelchair ramp that is painted police officer blue that leads to Officer Ellis’ bed. His friends purposely did not install any handicap bars or electrical lifts because he believes he will walk again, and will eventually return to work.
Donations are being accepted at the Assist The Officer Foundation. If you click on the link, you can enter an amount, and state that the donation is for Justin Ellis. You can also mail a donation to the Assist the Officer Foundation, 1412 E. Griffin St., Dallas, TX 75215.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence or reckless driving behavior of another motorist, contact the motorcycle accident attorneys at Proner and Proner.