A Fort Worth tire store owner was killed June 3 after a trailer tire he was repairing exploded as his wife and four children looked on.
Abu Hani, owner of Texas Tires, died welding a broken rim with the tire still on it, according to his 17-year-old daughter, who asked that her first name not be published.
``He saw that the rim was broken a little, so he took the welding machine and he started welding it,'' Miss Hani said. ``My brother told him it was enough, the tire was OK. He said no, just a little bit more. I wasn't there by him when it exploded. I was there at work and saw him on the floor.''
Police speculated the torch may have caused the tire to explode. The tire's rim flew 25 feet away from where Mr. Hani was performing the repair, according to Fort Worth police Lt. Gene Jones. He said no further investigations were being conducted.
Miss Hani, who along with her mother and 15-year-old brother are now running the store, told Tire Business her father had been injured a few months ago while repairing a 20-year-old tire that burst and cut up his eyes. He was treated and released from the hospital.
An Iraqi who emigrated to the U.S. 10 years ago, Mr. Hani opened Texas Tires five years ago, his daughter said. The single retail outlet dealership sells all tire brands and offers tire service only.
The family is looking to hire help and is carrying on with operations, Miss Hani said, because ``it was my dad's dream to make this business a bigger business for us, and we have to go on with it.''