Mike Moore and his wife, Margaret, celebrated the Fourth of July by watching fireworks at Lake Hawkins.
But hours later, Margaret Moore, 67, was killed in a Tyler motorcycle accident.
In an interview Monday, Mike Moore, 59, said the tragic accident early Saturday remained a blur in his mind.
“We were coming home from Lake Hawkins and were on Paluxy (Drive) and just went through the light at Shiloh Road when we hit a motorcycle, and our Trike went airborne,” he said.
Tyler police spokesman Don Martin said the other motorcyclist was northbound in the 500 block of Paluxy Drive about 12:45 a.m. Saturday when it rear-ended a vehicle. The motorcycle then crossed into southbound traffic and struck the Moores’ cycle.
“I never saw the motorcycle, but when we hit it, the back of the trike flew up, and she went off,” Moore said. “Thankfully I did not see her hit, but I knew when I saw her that it wasn’t good.
“I could hear the other cyclist screaming, but I was trying to help my wife, so I don’t know what was going on with him.”
The other rider, who was seriously injured, was hospitalized, and Mrs. Moore died of her injuries, police said.
Martin said the wreck remained under investigation, and toxicology tests were pending. It had not been determined whether criminal charges would be filed, he said.
Moore said the accident left a “hole in his heart.”
“She was a wonderful wife, and my best friend,” he said. “She was well-loved, very giving and never met a stranger.”
Moore said started riding motorcycles as a teen, and the couple had planned to travel to Colorado next month for his son’s wedding.
“We loved just taking off … and (looked) forward to the Colorado trip, but I guess it just wasn’t meant to be,” he said.
Moore said his wife had one child and five grandchildren.
“Her death has been quite a blow to me,” he said.