A promising Minnesota teenage baseball player died after being thrown from a car he was riding in during a tragic accident just outside the Twin Cities.
As reported by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Twin Cities Gannett affiliate KARE, 17-year-old Burnsville baseball star Ty Alyea was not wearing a seatbelt when the car he was riding in crossed a median and flipped into oncoming lanes of traffic. Another Burnsville student, 18-year-old Cole Borchardt was injured in the wreck but did not die after the wreck. The driver of the car, 17-year-old Matthew Berger, and 17-year-old Tylan Procko, were not seriously injured in the accident because they were wearing seatbelts during the crash.
According to authorities there was no sign of any alcohol involvement in the wreck. It appears that the teens’ car simply lost control.
A vigil was held at Burnsville High to memorialize Alyea, who would have been a senior at the school in a matter of weeks. He was a star on the baseball team and spent the summer competing for Burnsville’s American Legion squad, the Cobras. Now the school will have to find a way to replace his leadership while his family struggles to comprehend such a tragic and sudden loss.
“Please make sure the occupants are buckled in, or don’t drive until they are,” Greg Alyea, Ty’s dad, told the crowd of teens at the vigil, according to KARE. “On the way out the door I would say hey Ty, get his attention and he would turn around and would say, I know you love me.”