Tragedy struck on Oct. 6, 2016 when Lance Wheeler was killed in an accident when his motorcycle struck a guardrail on Devil’s Backbone.
Wheeler’s father and brother, Don and Travis, have started a memorial safety initiative in Lance’s name intent on making roadway safety changes at the state and, hopefully, the federal level.
“We know, on the surface, that there are so called roadside safety equipment out there that is not safe and does not do what it is supposed to do,” Don Wheeler said. “When Lance died, we thought there was something about the end caps, the big rectangular, yellow and black striped plates at the end of the guard rail. Something about that needs to change. We can make a better mouse trap.”
The end caps are intended to help peel back the guardrail during a head on collision.