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Names released of victims to fatal motorcycle accident

We now know the names of the two people killed during a charity event in Evansville on Saturday.

A husband and wife riding their motorcycle to benefit the family of a man who died in an accident are killed in an accident themselves Saturday morning.

It happened around 11:00 on Interstate 164 near the Covert Ave exit.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office says the driver was William Shadrick and the passenger was his wife, Cleta Shadrick. Both victims were 53-years-old.

The call came in around 11:00 Saturday morning and that's when the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office went to the scene of the motorcycle accident.

When they got there, they found the driver, William, had already died.

His wife, the passenger, was critically injured.

Cleta was taken to St. Mary's Hospital, but later died.

"At the scene, the driver of the motorcycle was found to be deceased already," said Sgt. Matt Schnell. "He died from his injuries due to the accident. The female was transported to St. Mary's Hospital where she later died from her injuries."

Witnesses told authorities the rear tire on the black and orange Harley Davidson blew out, causing the motorcycle to go down on its side.

As a result, the couple was thrown from their bike.

"Based on the witness statements and the physical evidence on the scene, it appears that the rear tire blew out while they were traveling, and the driver tried to keep it under control but wasn't able to," said. Sgt. Schnell.

Friends tell 14 News that William and Cleta were riding as part of a cruise in a poker run, held by a local company, L-Bolt Construction.

The benefit was for Lilly Jennings, a young girl whose father recently passed away in an accident.

"There were witnesses on scene that were riding with them that were part of an organized motorcycle ride," said Sgt. Schnell.

Authorities say the two were not wearing helmets, and drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor.

Family and friends of the Shadrick's are now taking to social media to express their love for a couple they lost unexpectedly.

The coroner's office says they'll be performing autopsies Monday morning to determine what injuries were fatal.

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