Help to bring Lance home
Friday, 13th March, 2015
By Andrew Robertson
Friends of the Mad Max fan killed near Mundi Mundi lookout this week have started a fundraising campaign to bring his body home.
Online tributes continued to be posted yesterday for the 27-year-old now identified as Lance Moore from Virginia, USA, who was killed on Tuesday night.
Mr Moore died instantly when the motorbike he was riding collided with a Mack truck near the Mundi Mundi lookout shortly after 7pm.
The Iraq war veteran was recreating scenes from the Mad Max 2 movie with up to 15 fellow enthusiasts in what is believed to be a biennial gathering.
Police have released more details about the accident which members of the group claim did not happen during any scene recreation.
Detective Sergeant Matt McCarthy said yesterday that it appeared Mr Moore was speeding at the time and was not wearing a helmet.
He would also have been riding into the setting sun.
“No helmet, sun and speed was a contributing factor,” Det Sgt McCarthy said.
He also said that police had obtained video footage recorded from a mobile phone owned by a member of the group which has since left Silverton.
Det Sgt McCarthy said it was also possible that other people not associated with the group may have been at the lookout at the time and witnessed the accident.
He urged anyone who may have seen or filmed the crash to come forward.
As police continue to prepare a report for the coroner, friends of Mr Moore are raising money to get his body back to the US.
As of late yesterday more than US$3000 had been donated to the “Help Bring Lance Home” campaign through the crowd-funding website gofundme.com
A foreword on the campaign page described Mr Moore as having “a heart of gold and a smile that would have brightened up anyone’s day”.
“While still trying to cope with the emotional burden of losing her only child, his mother is also having to take on the financial burden of trying to get his body back to the United States from Australia.
“His mother, Mrs. Christine Roll-Moore, is a woman of strength and courage and any donation will be greatly appreciated.”
Meanwhile, fellow Mad Max fans and friends of Mr Moore continued to pay tribute to the two-tour veteran of the Iraq war.
“He was a true brother, a friend, Wastelander, Dog of War, fellow Mad Max/Road Warrior superfan. I will miss you,” one posted.
Another, Max Rockatansky, made a tribute video which shows Mr Moore acting out scenes from Mad Max 2 with a large group of other people.
Det Sgt McCarthy said it was still unclear whether police would lay charges over the accident or the activities of the enthusiasts which police were unaware of.
He said while the gathering was not a regular planned event, participants still needed to comply with traffic laws.
“We would like to know about this sort of thing so we can task accordingly.”