Lucas Riley and fiance Shawna Wickwire (photo provided by family)
Lucas Riley with mom and dad (photo provided by family)
Lucas Riley with mother and siblings (photo provided by family)
Lucas Riley praying with elderly (image: Facebook/City of Refuge San Diego)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A Kauai man who had just graduated from college and was set to get married in less than two months died over the weekend in San Diego when a suspected drunk driver plowed head-on into his car.
Lucas Makana Riley, 24, is being remembered as a warn, outgoing and giving man who was committed to helping his community.
Riley graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University last year and was planning a wedding.
"We're all really devastated by this," said his fiancée, Shawna Wickwire. "I think this is almost a platform, just please don't drink and drive. Please."
Wickwire says Riley was kind and compassionate. Her life without him will never be the same.
"He was a great guy with the world ahead of him," Wickwire said. "He was the most caring and loving person I ever have known in my entire life. I've never felt more love for him. And he was the most selfless person. He would go the extra mile to help."
The couple had been dating for two years and was planning on getting married in October.
Wickwire says Riley was on his way home Saturday night when a truck crossed the center line and hit him his Mini Cooper head-on.
Video of the scene shows authorities pulling beer cans the 51-year-old suspect's Chevrolet.
Riley’s older sister, Lauren, wants to encourage others not to drink and drive so more innocent lives aren't taken from their families.
"He was the light of our lives and to have him taken from us by a drunk driver has been incredibly difficult," she said. "This needs to be stopped because it's not right to have others suffer for a senseless act."
Riley was known as a community servant.
He taught surf lessons on Kauai, played on Kauai High School's varsity volleyball and soccer teams, participated in school talent shows, was on the honor roll, and played the drums at church.
His mother says he made the world a better place.
"We just wanted people to know that he was just an amazing person and a lot of people are grieving right now, he's touched many lives," his mother, Tami, said.
In San Diego, Riley was part of a ministry group that helped feed the homeless every week, pray for the elderly, and spend time with children. Last year, Riley helped with an art project that's now on display in the city.
Wickwire says Riley was also planning on going to graduate school and eventually wanted to move back home to Hawaii.
The suspected drunk driver, whose identity has not been released, was arrested on alcohol-related charges, including felony vehicular manslaughter.
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