Couple dies in wreck on Pio Nono

A married couple died after their car struck a store sign on Pio Nono Avenue late Friday.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said a 1996 Ford Taurus driven by Kendell DeWayne Ellis, 42, struck the sign in front of Advance Auto Parts in the 3000 block of Pio Nono Ave. about 11:38 p.m. Ellis’ wife, April D. Ellis, 35, was a passenger in the car. Both were pronounced dead at 12:28 a.m. Saturday.

Jones said the car had been traveling south at high speed and was “wrapped around the Advance Auto Parts sign.” The Ellises, who lived on Vinson Avenue, were both found dead in the vehicle, he said. It was unclear if they had been wearing seat belts. The incident was being investigated Saturday by Macon police, Jones said.

According to a Macon Police news release, the car went airborne before it crashed. Blood was drawn for toxicology analysis and results are pending, according to the release.

The Ellises are survived by four teenage children. Jones said Kendell Ellis worked at Golden Corral on Presidential Parkway.