Family, friends mourn man killed by flying wheels on I-35 in Denton

Family and friends of a man killed in a bizarre accident on Interstate 35 are hurting over his loss.

Brady Burger, 23, was killed when a set of dual tires and wheels came off the hub of an 18-wheeler and hit Burger on his motorcycle.

Burger’s mother, Michelle Smith, was following in her car two minutes behind and came up on the accident. She was too upset to talk on camera, but said her son was hard working, a humble man and a caring son.

Father Jerry Burger said Brady just wasn’t his son, he was his best friend.

“Called me every morning,” Jerry Burger said. "I don't think there is a soul that did not love him."

Family gathered on Thursday to comfort each other and to share memories.

"He was first to raise his hand to says he'd come help and he'd be there for you,” said stepmother Kimberly Burger.

Brady Burger was a motorcycle enthusiast and he had a tight circle of friends who shared his love for motorcycles.

“That Brady smile everyone knows so well can't get that out of my head,” said friend Robert Schievelbein. “Never forget that smile.”

The truck was travelling northbound on I-35 in Denton when the wheel hit the divider and went into the southbound lanes. It struck Burger and a car, but the two people inside the vehicle weren't hurt.

Denton police say they are investigating what went wrong with the truck.

“This is what I want, I want my son back and he's not here, the rest will come later, yes there should be higher maintenance but it won't bring him back he's gone forever we'll never get those phone calls, never get anything,” Jerry Burger said.

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