Friends set up a memorial today on the side of a Brandon road where a 17-year-old boy died Friday afternoon in a rollover crash.
Tyler Stich of Brandon was partially ejected and pinned beneath a Ford Explorer when the vehicle, carrying seven people, went off the road and overturned several times, Hillsborough County deputies said. Stich was not wearing a seat belt.
Teenagers gathered today on the side of Kings Avenue to pay respects and share memories.
Nashonn Jackson broke down when trying to speak of Stich.
"He was like a best friend to me – like a brother," Jackson said. "He will always be missed. He will never be forgotten, either."
Tiffany Moncur and Stich lived in the same apartment complex. She said he looked out for others and was loved.
"We're all very heartbroken, but we know he's in paradise; he's in a better place," she said.
The other passengers, who ranged in age from 9 to 17, received only minor injuries.
Driver Michael A. Kryder, 17, of Brandon, voluntarily submitted to a blood draw for chemical testing, but deputies they saw no evidence of alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor.
The vehicle is owned by Kryder's father.
BENEFIT CAR WASH
Friends of the Stich family will hold a car wash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Burger King on Highway 301 and Boyette Road in Riverview. All proceeds will go to the family.