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November 26, 2014

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Two charged in deaths of honeymooners on I-15

Couple was run over while changing a tire on the highway last year

Two truck drivers have been charged in a devastating hit-and-run accident last year on Interstate 15 that killed two pedestrians -- a couple on their honeymoon.

Following a lengthy investigation, Stanislaw Masalski has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and Sam Montalvo Martinez with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and failure to maintain a travel lane. The hometowns and addresses of the defendants were not listed in court papers.

Their preliminary hearing is at 10 a.m. on March 26 at Las Vegas Justice Court, court records showed this week.

Kevin Edward Hills, 38, and Lisa Lynne Prock-Hills, 41, were killed on Interstate 15 just south of Silverado Ranch Boulevard on March 13, 2008.

The couple was on the side of the road at approximately 5 a.m. trying to change a flat tire on their black Toyota Tacoma pickup.

According to Nevada Highway Patrol reports, Prock-Hills was standing in a northbound travel lane and Hills was on his hands and knees -- with his body partially in the same lane -- trying to repair the flat tire.

Investigators determined that Masalski, who was driving a semi-truck, hit Prock-Hills and then Hills.

Investigators also said that Martinez, who was driving another semi-truck behind Masalski, veered to the right -- striking the left side of the Toyota and running over the couple.

Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene and the accident resulted in a seven-hour closure of northbound Interstate 15 from St. Rose Parkway to Silverado Ranch Boulevard so investigators could document the scene and so it could be cleaned up.

Masalski told police that he thought he had hit a bump in the road. After seeing nothing in his rear view mirror, he continued northbound on Interstate 15.

When Masalski pulled over at a truck stop near Las Vegas Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue, he discovered a woman’s black high-heel shoe behind the truck’s cab and other indications he had hit someone on the right side of the truck, court records show.

He then called police and the shoe was later matched with another shoe found at the accident scene.

Martinez told police he thought he ran over a pothole and continued driving.

Debris was found at the accident scene that matched the truck Martinez was driving, but Martinez told NHP investigators he did not know how those pieces ended up at the scene.

An attorney for the defendants could not immediately be reached for comment.

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