Victoria teen, Eagle Scout, dies after motorcycle wreck

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

March 18, 2014 at 8:01 p.m.
Updated March 18, 2014 at 10:19 p.m.

Bryan Easley Doane

Bryan Easley Doane

Guy Doane talked to his son about four hours before he received a call that he was being hospitalized after a motorcycle wreck.

Even then, Bryan Easley Doane was excited about the second motorcycle he'd purchased and a matching orange-and-black helmet he'd ordered online.

"He came in that same day and said, 'You know, Dad, I got a really, really nice comment about my bike today,'" Guy Doane said Tuesday.

Bryan Doane, 19, of Victoria, died Monday night after his Yamaha 600 ran into the back of a tractor-trailer at a high rate of speed.

His family says he was wearing a helmet and was with some other motorcyclists when he crashed.

"We were dead set against him having a motorcycle because, in our opinion, it's a dangerous town to drive in. There's a lot of drivers in town texting, not paying attention, changing lanes wrong and cutting off other people. In the end, the motorcycle is what loses, but he loved it," Guy Doane said. "He had (a picture of) it on his computer screen when he passed away."

Police say the crash happened at 8:42 p.m. in the 10700 block of U.S. Highway 77.

The tractor-trailer, driven by Marlon Breznec Hartford, 39, of Missouri City, was on the westbound U.S. Highway 87 off-ramp, and Doane was traveling behind it.

After Doane hit the tractor-trailer, he was taken to DeTar Hospital Navarro, where he later died from his injuries.

"We tried to get down there as soon as we could, but it was already too late. He was fading in and out in terms of his pulse. ... He was too badly broken up inside," his father said, adding his son didn't squander the time he had on this earth.

Hartford was taken to an area hospital per his company's policy but reported on the scene that he was uninjured, said Sgt. Chris Guerra of the Victoria Police Department.

Bryan Doane graduated from Victoria East High School in 2012. He played golf, baseball and football and competed in skiing competitions in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, his father said.

He also became an Eagle Scout last year.

Typically, one must complete a project to become an Eagle Scout before graduating high school. Doane did complete the project on time, but the paperwork somehow got mixed up, his father said.

For the project, Doane decided to rebuild a staircase at the battered women's shelter in Victoria, a feat he had to coordinate with others and raise money for over the course of a few weeks.

"The stairs they had were dangerous, old and cracked. You could fall on them easily," his father said.

Guy Doane said his son and the project exemplified the three things the Scouts place the most importance on - character building, citizenship and personal fitness.

Throughout his life, his father said, he took on leadership roles with ease. He was an intern at Easley Insurance, which his mother, Donna Easley Doane, owns.

Guy Doane, a marketing manager at DoubleDave's Pizza, chuckled when talking about how his son was sometimes headstrong when he wanted to do something, such as motorcycle riding. He saved up for about five months to buy his first bike, a green Kawaski 250. He was also the first in line at Best Buy not once but twice when a new iPhone came out and always was a bit competitive with his younger brother, John, who also played golf.

"He went out on top of actually doing something (he loved). I love him very much and praise him for that," his father said.

Doane is also survived by his brothers, John, 17, and Mark, 11, along with grandparents Margaret Ley Easley and Donald Ray Easley, of Victoria; and Anna Laura Doane and Richard Thrall Doane, of Georgetown.



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