Wheels is a very tragic character. He
used to be funloving, everyone's friend, and an all round nice
guy. He helped out people in need as when Spike was having
trouble deciding what to do with her baby, and when Lucy was
sexually abused by Mr. Colby. Wheels was adopted, and he lead a
normal life with his adoptive parents who were very loving, but
Wheels best friends were Joey and Snake, along with Lucy, the twins, and L.D. They seemed to the be the main characters of the older characters, which Degrassi was based mainly upon.
In the season premiere of Degrassi's third year, Wheels loses his parents in a drinking and driving accident. Life for him goes downhill from then. He stops going to school, has trouble dealing with his feelings, and other classmates have trouble relating to him. He has trouble living with his grandparents, calling his grandmother "an old bag", and not talking about his feelings. He feels that running away to his birth father, Mike Nelson will allow him to forget his adoptive parents, and deny his pain.
Mike and his girlfriend reject him, and he becomes closer to his grandmother on the condition that he sees a social worker. He goes back to school and tries to catch up. Luckily he passes grade 9 and gets along more with his grandparents.
In Degrassi High Wheels starts to have problems again, because he does not help out with the chores, skips class, and has become a liar. Joey and Snake do not trust him as well, and after being thrown out of his home, he stays with Joey until he finds a new place to live. He is caught stealing money out of Mrs. Jeremiah's wallet, and is confronted by Joey. Both Joey and Snake have lost trust in him, and their friendship finally hits rock bottom in School's Out. Joey cheats on Caitlin, his high school dreamgirl, while Wheels drinks and drives and kills a child, and blinds Lucy.
The close knit friendship between them is broken, because of a lack of honesty, respect, and communication. As well the three have grown apart. Wheels parents' death really screws him up, and the fact that he does not make an effort to deal with his parents death. He becomes selfish and destructive, as he is rude to his grandparents, and rude to his friends. He uses the expression that his parents death is the absolute excuse for all his problems, but Wheels has not learned to take full responsibility for his own actions.