SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Springfield police have now identified a couple from Bois D' Arc killed on Saturday afternoon when an SUV was forced across two lanes of traffic and hit them head-on.
Gary and Denice Zenger died at the scene. He was 56, she was 63.
It was a perfect bikers day. Sunny. Breezy. Smooth road.
Then in the blink of a eye, tragedy.
"We think there may have been some inattention going along with this that caused the initial series of events to unfold," said Officer David Snider.
He says reconstructing what led up to the crash will be a long process.
The speed limit is 50 miles per hour along the West Bypass stretch, with little room for error.
"Once we put everything together we can calculate the approximate speeds and what each vehicle did with the individual actions," Snider said.
Apparently the van forced the SUV over median on West Bypass.
"I seen this in the distance and I freaked because I was afraid of my son living out here on a motorcycle," said Angie Dingman. Turns out, her son was not involved, but three other bikes were.
Police say a van somehow collided with the SUV while both of them were heading north on West Bypass.