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Two killed in crash Saturday on U.S. 60 EB at Mesa Drive

U.S. 60 Mesa Drive Crash
Posted at 5:48 AM, May 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-18 07:59:26-04

MESA, AZ — Two people are dead following a crash Saturday morning on U.S. 60 near Mesa Drive.

Just before 1:30 a.m., Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers responded to the eastbound lanes of U.S. 60 for reports of a crash.

DPS said a Honda Fit hit a Chevy Impala on the eastbound HOV lane of US 60. The Impala then came to a rest blocking the HOV lane.

A Honda motorcycle then hit the rear of the Impala causing the motorcycle rider to be ejected.

The motorcycle rider, identified as 48-year-old Brian Saunders of San Tan Valley, died at a nearby hospital.

Shortly afterward, a Nissan van was heading eastbound when the driver lost control and hit the concrete median wall.

The driver of the Nissan van, identified as 60-year-old Ricardo Montana of Gilbert, was pronounced dead at the scene.

DPS said investigators suspect impairment for the driver of the Honda Fit, identified as 27-year-old Bryan Badillo of Queen Creek.

Badillo was arrested and is facing two manslaughter charges.

He was placed on supervised release early Monday morning.