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2 killed in bullet bike crash: Speed reached 134 mph during chase on US 6


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By KEVIN SCANNELL
Sun Advocate reporter

Two area residents died when the bullet bike they were riding skidded off U.S. 6 at the first curve on the west side of Wellington and landed near the railroad tracks early Friday.

The Carbon County Sheriff's Office identified the victims as driver Paul Simmons, 33, of Lawrence, and 27-year-old Krista Mower of Price. Simmons was owner of Extreme Automotive in Price.

The bike was spotted at 2 a.m. in Price near 100 North speeding on city streets. Price police pursued but when the speeds approached 100 mph they stopped their pursuit and the bike disappeared.

A short time later it reappeared speeding near the Smith's parking lot and the police chased the bike again, and again discontinued the chase for safety reasons as the bike headed east on U.S. 6 toward Wellington.

Carbon County Sheriff's deputies pursued at that point but when the speed of the bike got to 125 miles per hour, they also dropped the chase. The biker reached a known top speed of 134 miles per hour, according to Capt. Guy Adams. At one point, however, the biker reached a speed so fast radar was unable to determine how fast they were going, Adams said.

As county authorities patrolled Wellington to see if they could find the bike and its riders, dispatch got a call at 3:20 a.m. from a conductor on a Union Pacific freight train that reported that they thought they had just run over a body on the tracks.

Upon investigation two bodies were found near 400 West in Wellington. Simmons had landed near the tracks. Mower was apparently thrown from the bike and hit a utility pole. Simmons was not run over by the train, Adams said.

The motorcycle itself came to rest off the side of the grade with its light still on. Adams said the bullet bike was "almost disintegrated" when authorities arrived on the scene.

Adams said authorities will usually stop a chase when the speeds endanger deputies in pursuit or traffic in the area.

(Sun Advocate publisher Richard Shaw contributed to this article.)

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