Motorcyclist who survived high-speed I-10 crash near Tucson sought

2014-01-31T00:00:00Z Motorcyclist who survived high-speed I-10 crash near Tucson soughtBy Kimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A motorcyclist who rear-ended a car on Interstate 10 Wednesday night survived the crash and walked two miles in search of a telephone.

A witness living two miles from the crash site told investigators the rider was on foot when he approached and asked to borrow a cell phone about 90 minutes after the collision, said Officer Raul Molina, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

After allowing the man to use the phone, the witness called police. By the time officers from the Marana Police Department arrived, the motorcyclist was gone.

“Eventually, through investigation, the rider was identified,” Molina said, “We don’t have any extent of injuries.

DPS investigators could not locate the motorcyclist — Chandler resident Antonio Edward Sutherland, 43 — and gave up looking for him by Thursday. The agency said it does want to talk to him to complete the crash investigation.

“This is a first for me,” Molina said. “In 29 years I’ve never seen such a case, that a person walked away and wandered off.”

Other drivers, Wednesday night, told investigators Sutherland was weaving in and out of traffic, driving “very recklessly” and traveling in excess of the 75-mph speed limit just before 10 p.m. when he pulled into the center lane and crashed into the back of a sedan, Molina said.

The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-10 between the Marana Road and Tangerine Road exits.

Witnesses said Sutherland was thrown from the motorcycle and four vehicles ran over the bike, demolishing it and damaging the cars.

Contact reporter Kimberly Matas at kmatas@azstarnet.com or 573-4191.

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