Bikers team up for memorial ride
Brandon Garcia met Bryan Easley Doane about 20 minutes before he died.
They bonded Monday night over their affinity for sports bikes and were just out for a cruise when Doane ran into the back of a tractor-trailer. The 19-year-old from Victoria was pronounced dead later that night at DeTar Hospital Navarro.
"I barely knew him," Garcia said. "We just met him, but he seemed like a nice guy - he should be remembered."
Garcia teamed up with the owners of CASH Customs, an auto shop in Victoria, to take Doane's memory on one last bike ride before he's buried Friday.
The group - who said anyone is welcome on the ride - will meet at 9 a.m. Friday at the shop, 3302 N. Ben Jordan St., and ride to Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 1311 E. Mesquite Lane.
The service begins at 10 a.m. at the church.
After the service, bikers will ride behind the hearse to the cemetery.
"Harleys and sports bikes don't usually team up with each other," Garcia said about the fact that the owners of the shop, Jacoby Pennington, and his father drive Harleys. "But at the end of the day, we want everyone to know we are all family, and we all care for each other."