Well-known NC engaged couple involved in fatal motorcycle wreck Sunday

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Eyewitness News has learned a well-known Fayetteville couple were victims of motorcycle crash that occurred in Charlotte Sunday.

Jennifer Hendrix and Nick Prianos were engaged.

Troopers said Prianos died in the crash.

Channel 9 reached out to employees at a custom motorcycle shop they owned.

Hendrix and Prianos just opened Gins Speed Shop in Fayetteville about seven months ago.

On Monday, employee Patrick Langley agreed to speak to Channel 9 over the phone.

He said it was tough opening Monday morning after finding out Prianos died in the crash.

"People are stopping by. They've been calling in. It's not business as usual, but we appreciate their calls," Langley said. 

Langley described the workers at Gins Speed Shop as a tight-knit family. He said there are only seven employees.

Troopers said Hendrix and Prianos were riding their motorcycles on Interstate 77 near Interstate 85 Sunday afternoon when they sideswiped each other and slammed into the median wall.

The impact sent Prianos over the bridge.

Investigators said he died from the fall.

Hendrix was transported to the hospital, where doctors said she was talking.

Employees told Channel 9 the couple came to Charlotte to visit Priano's sister who's been in and out of the hospital.

Prianos was described as a good person and loving.

Employees said he and Hendrix dated for several years but never set a wedding date.

"It’s like two little high school kids that just fell in love," said Langley. 

Family members have been updating employees on Hendrix's condition. 

They wouldn't speak to Channel 9 on camera but Channel 9 learned funeral arrangements are being made. 

Family members have asked for privacy during this tragic time. 

Troopers said both riders were wearing helmets. Troopers said they were trying to determine if speed was a factor.

The case will be discussed with the district attorney to see if any criminal charges will be filed.

Workers at the shop said Hendrix could be released from the hospital possibly Monday or Tuesday.