A 17-year-old Burnsville boy died at about 9:30 p.m. yesterday after a rollover crash on Highway 52 near 180th Street south of Rosemount, according to the State Patrol.
Ty G. Alyea died after the driver of a northbound 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee lost control of the vehicle, in which Alyea was a passenger, and it rolled over through the median and came to rest in the southbound lanes.
Alyea was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash along with Cole A. Borchardt, 18, of Burnsville, a passenger who was seriously injured and was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Both were ejected from the vehicle, according to news reports.
The two occupants who were wearing seatbelts – the driver Matthew G. Berger and Tylan A. Procko, both 17 and of Burnsville, had non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Regions Hospital.
Road conditions at the time of crash were described as dry on the divided highway that has two lanes in both directions.
Also assisting at the scene was the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office.
No alcohol was detected in any of the passengers’ systems, according to the State Patrol.
Borchardt is a 2014 graduate of Burnsville High School. The other three are current students at the school.
All four have been involved in sports in Burnsville. Alyea played baseball for the Burnsville High School varsity as well as the Burnsville Cobras American Legion team. Borchardt was the second-leading scorer for the BHS boys hockey team last winter and was drafted in the spring by the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League.
Berger is a goalie in the BHS hockey program. Procko played for the Burnsville Pythons Senior Babe Ruth baseball team this summer and was on Burnsville’s Junior Gold A hockey team last winter.
Burnsville High School Principal Dave Helke wrote in a letter posted on the school’s website that administrators and other support staff would be available Aug. 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school to talk to staff and students about the loss.
“We are all deeply saddened by this tragic and sudden loss,” he wrote.
He encouraged parents and students to call the school at (952) 707-2100 to seek support or if they know of a student who is in need of support.
“Students may want to talk with parents and other trusted adults outside school about the death of a classmate,” he wrote. “At this time, it is important to remember that it is normal for individuals to have different reactions to a classmate’s death. Students may wait a while before wanting to talk or may need to be asked about the situation before talking. Some students may not need to discuss the situation at all.
“Please join me in offering support and condolences to the family and friends and of the students,” he wrote.
A vigil was held Thursday night outside Burnsville High School to support the families of those affected by the crash.
Remembrances of Aylea were posted on Twitter at https://twitter.com/search?q=%23RIPty, where he was described as a likeable young man who was easy to get to know and was always laughing and smiling.