Two dead after motorcycle crash in Provo Canyon

Posted at 12:47 PM, Jul 08, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-09 14:21:52-04

UTAH COUNTY – Two people are dead after a motorcycle crash in Provo Canyon Sunday morning.

A motorcycle with two riders, a male and a female, was traveling southbound on SR-189 near mile marker 10 when the driver lost control and crashed into a cable barrier and posts. The crash occurred along a curve on a downhill grade.

Both riders were ejected from the motorcycle and died on impact.

The crash occurred in an area where the highway is under construction. The two southbound lanes are closed and the northbound lanes have been divided, one for northbound traffic and one for southbound traffic. The two lanes are divided by a cable barrier.

Wind gusts were reported in the area and could be a factor. Speed may have been a factor as well.

The victims were identified as 23-year-old David C. Cancilla and 18-year-old Janet Velasco, both of Orem.

The crash is currently under investigation.

David Cancilla's family released a statement Sunday, saying,
"To all of our friends and family: thank you for your love and support and prayers. This morning we lost a son, a brother, a grandson, a nephew, cousin and friend, David Cancilla. He lived life fully and loved his family more. He spent his last day on this earth doing what he loved most, serving others, spending time with his family and celebrating life with a big party.  Our heartfelt prayers go to the Velasco family for the loss of their daughter a dear friend to David.  Thank you for your prayers."

According to a Facebook page set up to honor David, his funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 11, at 1810 West Springwater Drive in Orem. Visitation is from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., the funeral from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and internment will follow at Timpanogos Memorial Center.