Brady Burger attended Ryan High School and Strickland Middle School in Denton before he was hit and killed by a pair of detached big-rig wheels Tuesday on Interstate 35.
The 23-year-old Sanger resident had been driving his BMW motorcycle southbound on Interstate 35 near U.S. Highway 380 (University Drive) about 1:45 p.m.
Police said the 18-wheeler had been traveling northbound on Interstate 35 when two of the trailer's rear wheels came off. The two wheels were attached to each other when they flew over the concrete divider into the southbound lanes, striking Burger and a Toyota Camry, police said.
The two occupants of the Camry were not injured, police said.
Sam DeLeon, a recent University of North Texas graduate, said he graduated from high school with Burger in 2013.
"[Burger] was a member of our high school's baseball team, and a good friend of a lot of people growing up," DeLeon said. "You cannot have a more genuine guy be taken away too soon at such a young age."
Burger had recently worked as a landscape foreman for Stenson Landscaping Inc., according to his Facebook page. A BMW motorcycle is shown in his profile picture.
JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-566-6882.
FEATURED PHOTO: Denton police investigate an accident Tuesday that killed Sanger resident Brady Burger while he was riding his motorcycle on Interstate 35 near University Drive.