Veteran reunited with trailer wrecked on Phoenix-area freeway thanks to goodness of strangers

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An army veteran wrecks his motorcycle trailer on a busy Valley freeway, then that trailer goes missing. 

He thought it had been stolen, but ended up finding out good people are out there more often than you would think.

Michael Lee was driving his bright yellow motorcycle west on Loop 202 near the 101 freeway Thursday when his trailer broke free.

"This was supposed to be date night for me and my wife. I was picking her up from work," said Lee.

He circled around to get it, but it was gone.

"I thought somebody had stolen the trailer," he said.

He started to panic, worried about what was inside.

"This is the only thing I have left of memorabilia is this jacket. That's it," said Lee, talking about the vintage black leather jacket he wore as a teenager.

"Obviously, I don't fit in it anymore, but the wife does and she looks a lot cuter in it than I do,” said Lee.

A day later, Lee got a call from DPS.

"I'm thinking, 'What is that?' And I look and it's like 'Oh my Lord there must be an accident' because I saw it upside down," said David Berkstresser, who it turns out, drove past the trailer just moments after Lee has lost it.

"Everybody was starting to rubberneck and slow down," said Berkstresser.

Concerned it might cause a wreck, Berkstresser hooked the battered trailer to his truck and towed it home.

"I said you're kidding me? Are you serious?" Lee exclaimed after getting the call that Berkstresser had his trailer.

The two men met Friday afternoon.

"By coincidence, we're both born and raised in New Jersey too," they said together.

Now, they're swapping stories and making future plans to see a Diamondbacks’ game.

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