Maricopa County sheriff's deputies investigate the scene in Buckeye where two motorcycle riders crashed, were run over and killed Wednesday night. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Two Department of Corrections employees were killed Wednesday night after the motorcycle they were on clipped a semitrailer, throwing them onto a roadway, where they were run over, Maricopa County sheriff's deputies said.
The semitrailer, driven by 53-year-old Carlos Moran, was turning into a distribution center near 99th Avenue and Buckeye Road Wednesday night when the motorcycle, driven by 35-year-old John Ollis, hit the vehicle, deputies said.
Ollis, who was wearing a helmet, lost control, and he and 30-year-old Skye Orozca were ejected. They landed in the roadway, where three vehicles ran them over, MCSO spokesman Lt. Brandon Jones said. Orozca was not wearing a helmet, Jones said.
Both victims worked at Lewis Prison. Ollis was a sergeant there and Orozca was an officer.
The motorcycle continued traveling without the occupants down the road about 500 feet, ending up in a ditch, Jones said.
"The impact of the riders against the semitrailer left a very detailed imprint of the helmetless rider's face in the side of the trailer," Jones said in a statement.
Moran stopped on the side and attempted to render aid.
The drivers of those three vehicles were being questioned by police.
Moran told detectives that he used his cell phone light to attempt to flag down the oncoming vehicles in the westbound lanes, however, the drivers did not see him.
The bodies were dismembered as they were dragged several hundred feet, Jones said. He added it was impossible to identify the female victim because the road rash was so bad.
Investigators said tests indicated drugs or alcohol were not involved. Speed was also not a factor, MCSO said.
Jones said it's too early to determine if any charges will be filed or citations issued.
Maricopa County 85 was closed from 99th to 107th avenues until early Thursday morning for the investigation.
No other information was immediately available.
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