UPDATE: Officers seek missing motorcyclist after I-10 hit-and-run
Sasha Loftis, Laura Kittell, Taylor Avey, Cory Marshall
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Officers are searching for a motorcyclist, they say , rear-ended a car on eastbound Interstate-10, and walked away.
The missing motorcyclist has been identified as 43-year-old Antonio Edward Sutherland.
The accident happened around 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night between the Marana and Tangerine exits.
All eastbound lanes of I-10 were closed following the accident, but have since reopened according to Arizona Department of Transportation.
Witnesses tell officers Sutherland had been driving recklessly before rear-ending the car. Sutherland, officers say, was most likely thrown but able to run off. Several vehicles hit the motorcycles, breaking the bike into almost unrecognizable pieces. No drivers were injured.
"This is the high speed lane. Pieces, pieces... all the way to the slow speed lane," Adam Goldberg of Northwest fire told 9OYS as he pointed to cell phone video taken shortly after the accident.
Fire Crews, Marana Police, Arizona Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety officers drained nearby canals searching for any signs on the missing motorcyclist. In the air, Pima County Sheriff's deputies used thermal cameras throughout the two-hour search.
"So, we made an extensive two-hour effort to try and search for a victim," Goldberg continued.
"In my 29-year-career, this is the first one of this nature that I've seen that we've had this magnitude of a collision and the ride actually walked away from it," DPS Officer Raul Molina said.
Two-miles from the accident site, the 43-year-old, alive and well, tracked someone down and asked to borrow their cell phone. The witness then called Marana Police.
Through the DPS investigation, officers were able to identify Sutherland. However, officials are still trying to located the rider.
According to Officer Molina, Sutherland could face charges in connection with the hit-and-run. Fearing internal injuries, officers say it is important they find the motorcyclist.
Anyone with information is asked to call Marana Police or the DPS.