TOLLESON, AZ - Authorities have released more details into the deaths of two motorcyclists in the West Valley Wednesday night. Both reportedly worked at the Lewis Prison in Buckeye.
Lt. Brandon Jones of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said detectives continue to investigate the crash that happened at 99th Avenue and Buckeye Road, but have determined that a tractor trailer driven by 53-year-old Carlos Moran was turning left into the Buckeye Road eastbound lanes from a private drive when a motorcycle hit the mid-section of the tractor trailer while heading westbound on Buckeye Road.
Jones identified the driver of the motorcycle as 35-year-old John Ollis and his passenger as 30-year-old Skye Orozco. He said only Ollis was wearing a helmet.
The motorcyclists were thrown from the bike upon impact and it continued unoccupied down the road about 500 feet, ending up in a ditch.
Both victims landed in the roadway and the driver of the tractor trailer tried to render aid while using his cell phone light to try to flag down oncoming vehicles in the westbound lanes, Jones said.
Jones said the drivers did not see Moran with the light and both Ollis and Orozco were struck by three vehicles.
The victims were so badly injured that Jones said it was impossible to identify the female victim at the scene.
Jones identified John Ollis as a Department of Corrections Sergeant at Lewis Prison and Skye Orozco as a Department of Corrections officer, also at Lewis Prison.
Detectives do not suspect impairment in the drivers of any of the vehicles and preliminary information does not indicate speed was a factor, Jones said.
Jones said it was too early to determine if any charges will be filed or citations issued.