Chadron businessman and Dawes County Commissioner Levi Grant and former restaurant owner Mimi Wheeler-Groves have died of injuries suffered when their motorcycle hit an antelope Monday morning in Utah..
The Utah Highway Patrol says the couple was westbound on Utah Hwy 12 near Bryce Canyon National Park about 9:45 when the antelope jumped in front of them. Their motorcycle struck the animal and they were both thrown from the bike.
The 62-year old Grant was pronounced dead at the scene with the 61-year old Wheeler-Groves passing away Tuesday morning at St George Regional Hospital in St George, Utah,
She had been taken to the hospital by ambulance and by air in extremely serious condition.
At the time of the accident, both were wearing helmets, which the Highway Patrol described as heavily damaged.
Utah Hwy 12, where the accident occured, is also known as the “A Journey Through Time Scenic Byway” and links Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks.
Levi Grant was the owner of Levi’s Auto and Metal Recycling. He was a former Chadron City Council member and was elected Dawes County Commissioner from District 3 in 2020.
Mimi Wheeler-Groves owns several rental properties in Chadron and owned Helen’s Pancake House and Steakhouse/The Grove in Chadron for over 20 years before her daughter, Jennifer Wright, took over in 2019.