CHP: Motorcyclists killed in speed-racing crash

NORTH HIGHLANDS -- The two motorcyclists killed while racing Friday night have been identified as Zackary Kirk, 23, of Roseville and Jason McQuay, 29, of Rio Linda.

Kirk and McQuatt died when they crashed into a Jeep Cherokee turning left right in front of them on Antelope Road, near Watt Avenue, around 8:45 p.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Chad Hertzell said.

"I was outside. I heard the engine motors rev up, and I heard a loud smack," said witness Jesus Orozco who lives nearby. "I came out here and saw two dead bodies."

Hertzell said they had been racing along Antelope Road, going up to 80 miles per hour on a stretch where the posted speed limit is 45 miles per hour.

At least one of the motorcyclists was doing a "wheelie," Hertzell said.

The driver of a Jeep Cherokee was making a turn into a mobile home park when the collision happened. The three occupants of the Jeep Cherokee -- a grandmother with two children -- were not injured in the crash.

Jeanette Harding said her friend, the Jeep driver, is still in shock.

"I just feel bad it happened to her. She's real nice," Harding said.

Saturday, there was a growing memorial for the motorcyclists killed in the crash.

Guy Gonzales came to pay his respects to his friend Kirk, who was a fellow electrician. He said Kirk had been riding his entire life and used to drag race motorcycles.

"He loved to ride bikes, that's what he did," Gonzales said. "Unfortunately, that's how it ended. My prayers go out to his family, his daughter, his daughter's mother. It's a terrible loss."


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