Two South Florida men decided to kick off 2017 with a motorcycle race. But their first moments of the new year turned deadly — leaving one man dead and another seriously wounded.
Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives suspect Wayne Wilson, a 39-year-old husband, father and carpenter, was racing his Harley-Davidson motorcycle against 23-year-old Scott Miessau just before 3 a.m. on Jan. 1.
They were headed south on Northeast Fourth Ave, but they lost control after passing through the intersection at NE 24th St. The pair crashed through a fence and into a wall. Wilson died at the hospital.
Miessau, of Fort Lauderdale, underwent two surgeries. As of Tuesday he was awake and “doing ok,” according to Facebook posts from his brother James.
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Family and friends are grieving for Wilson, who lived with his family in Coconut Creek. A family friend started a GoFundMe for his wife, Jennifer, to raise money for her and the couple’s two children.
“Wayne, a former Children's Pastor, touched the lives and poured out love for so many, let's be a blessing to this struggling family,” the organizer wrote.