August 26, 2015

Jelly Belly CEO Lisa Rowland Brasher's husband has been involved in a tragic accident at a family reunion on her father's property involving a World War II-era tank. Maybe it's just me, but it seems as though such a thing has no business in the hands of anyone but maybe a museum.

The accident occurred about 2:25 p.m. Saturday afternoon on the property of fourth-generation candy maker Herman Rowland Sr. during a family reunion, authorities said. Rowland is a collector of the military vehicles, which he stores in a restoration facility known as “The Tank Barn,” the Daily Republic reported.

Rowland’s daughter, Lisa Rowland Brasher, was named chief executive in March and reports to her father, who is now the company’s chairman. It was her husband, Dwayne Brasher, 62, of Vacaville, who was driving the 1944 M5 tank, authorities said.

The California Highway Patrol said the victim was Kevin Wright, 54, of Suisun City, Calif.


Authorities said Brasher was driving the military tank through an open field on the property on Abernathy Road. Wright was a passenger and was sitting on the front edge of the tank, facing inward.

But as the tank traveled down a dirt hill, Wright lost his balance, fell backwards and landed directly in front of the tank.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been a factor in the accident, a CHP official said.

Rowland said that once his family realized “the magnitude of what had happened,” they immediately notified authorities. His family is cooperating with the investigation, he said.

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