Two pedestrians were killed in a traffic accident involving a motorcycle Thursday night in Galveston.

Police identified the two killed as Katy residents Elias Chavana, 33, and Patricia Delgado, 29.

Emergency responders were called to the 5200 block of Seawall Boulevard at about 10:15 p.m.

Police said a motorcycle carrying two people appeared to have struck two pedestrians who were trying to cross the four-lane road.

The two people on the motorcycle were taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch. They were both in critical condition on Friday, police said. 

Investigators were still trying to determine if the motorcycle's speed was a mitigating factor in the collision but it is believed at this time that alcohol was not a contributing factor, police said.

The accident occurred in front of The San Luis Resort, in an area where there is no crosswalk. The accident scene spanned more than two city blocks.

Seawall Boulevard was shut down between 45th and 53rd streets as investigators reconstructed the scene and interviewed witnesses.

The crash came on the first night of the Lone Star Rally, the large annual motorcycle rally held in Galveston every November. The four-day event brings thousands of motorcycle riders and enthusiasts to the island.

Police have not said whether any of the victims were attending the rally.

Despite the number of motorcycles on the island for the rally, fatal accidents are relatively rare during the event. There was one reported motorcycle-related traffic fatality during the 2015 Lone Star Rally weekend.

Cody Frankum, 35, of Seabrook, was killed when his motorcycle collided with a semitrailer on FM 3005 on the first night of the rally in 2015.

There were no motorcycle-related fatalities in Galveston in 2014.

Contact reporter John Wayne Ferguson at 409-683-5226 or john.ferguson@galvnews.com. Follow him on Twitter, @johnwferguson.

(15) comments

Bill Broussard

Welcome to Motorcycle weekend. Two dead and (usually) about seven more to go.

Mary Branum

One fatality in 2015 and none in 2014.

Daniel Hochman

Wouldn't it be great if you knew facts before spouting out crap you know nothing about?

Mary Branum

Who are you referring to?
I only repeated JWF's comments.

Jennifer Lance

Why are motorcyclists allowed to make so much noise? And why don't the citizens demand Galveston end this tradition!?!

Daniel Hochman

The Lone Star Rally is one of the largest economic events for Galveston!!! Very few problems associated.

Stephen Tobleman

For the most part, the bikers are pretty well behaved. They all like to come into Galveston and have a good time. I remember the Kappa event which used to create all kinds of problems and finally ended up moving south into Padre Island.

Robert Braeking

Jennifer,
It is the belief that "loud pipes save lives". Logic would corroborate this belief. Most drivers do not see motorcycles so if they can at least hear them they may avoid hitting them.
Bob

Terry Moore

One fatality in 2015 and none in 2014.:

http://thepolicenews.net/default.aspx?newsletterid=49028&act=Newsletter.aspxhttp://thepolicenews.net/default.aspx?newsletterid=49028&act=Newsletter.aspx

Guess this one in 2014 doesn't count or facts not checked as always GDN.

Erin Brucia

The article stated no fatalities in Galveston County...the 2014 article stated the incident you are referencing was Harris County, so the facts would be correct as stated.

John Ferguson Staff
John Wayne Ferguson

Thanks for pointing that out, Terry. I've updated the story to clarify that there were no fatalities reported in Galveston in 2014.

Terry Moore

First Lone Star Rally Death Recorded - Biker Dies in Crash
League City, Texas 11/2014

"Billy" Conner with friend Janet Trosmann during Lone Star Rally


The Police News learned this morning that a motorcyclist from McAlesster, Oklahoma who was in Galveston for the Lone Star Motorcycle Rally, died Saturday morning after wrecking his motorcycle in League City friday night.

Billy Pat Connor, 54, was staying with relatives at their home in the Whispering Lakes Ranch subdivision in League City. He was following his cousin home and had turned into the subdivision when he reportedly gave his cycle a final surge to catch up with his cousin ahead of him. He lost control and ran into a ditch hitting a concrete culvert. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered a fatal head injury.

Connor's friend, Janet Trostmann of Omega Bay, had been with he and other friends the day before the crash. She tells us Connor is the father of two grown children, a son and daughter.

Connor and others in his family were avid bikers attending the the annual rally in Sturgis, South Dakota as well as the Lone Star Motorcycle Rally in Galveston. (Spelling of Connor's last name was corrected after receiving information from his family)

Terry Moore

Erin Brucia : Last I checked - League City is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, within Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. The city is in the county of Galveston.

Anyway reporter updated to state Galveston not Galveston County. Anywho: deceased was a participate in the rally so it was a death related to the event.

Katelyn Bailey

the man killed on the bike was my father.[sad]

Suzy Bolen

Katelyn, I was your Dad's neighbor and a very close friend of his. Could you please email me at Suzy.bolen@yahoo.com? Thank you.

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