Councilman Ellis is expected to fully recover.

According to City officials, Bishop City Councilman Jim Ellis took a fall from an electric car while on a trip to Laughlin, Nevada, and suffered a serious head injury.  City officials confirmed that Ellis was flown via helicopter from Laughlin to the Intensive Care Unit of a Las Vegas Hospital.

Police Chief Chris Carter was present during this trip, along with Police Sergeant Dan Nolan.  Chief Carter issued this statement with approval from the Ellis family:

“On Friday, February 3rd at about 5 PM, Bishop City Councilman Jim Ellis was injured in an accident while out of town.  Councilman Ellis was on an annual fishing trip in Arizona with some friends which included Police Chief Chris Carter, Police Sergeant Dan Nolan and several other friends.

“Ellis was riding in the rear-facing seat of an electric car, and was returning from a short trip to the local market.  As the vehicle approached the home where he was staying and began to slow down, Councilman Ellis stepped off the vehicle before it came to a complete stop.  Witnesses said that it appeared that he misjudged the speed of the vehicle and lost his footing, causing him to fall and strike his head.

“Ellis was knocked unconscious by the fall and an ambulance was immediately called.  Ellis was transported to the local Hospital where it was determined that his injuries were potentially serious and he was transferred by helicopter to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, NV.  Chief Carter and Sgt. Nolan followed Ellis to Las Vegas and were joined there by his family.

Although Ellis was initially placed in the Intensive Care Unit, his condition quickly improved and he was transferred out of ICU late Sunday evening.  Councilman Ellis is currently resting comfortably and his condition continues to improve.  Chief Carter said that Councilman Ellis’ family wanted everyone to know that Jim’s prognosis is good and they appreciate everyone’s support.

Chief Carter said family members have asked that we all keep Jim in our thoughts and prayers during this time of his recovery.  Carter added that he and Ellis have been friends for several years and he knows that Jim Ellis is “one tough cookie” and will come through just fine.  Carter said the family will continue to keep us informed of Jim’s progress as he prepares to get back to serving the Citizens of his community.”

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