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Friends remember teen killed in motorcycle crash

Posted at 10:32 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 02:43:44-04

GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - One of the things that stood out speaking to family and friends of Tyler Woelfersheim is that he loved motorcycles. He was riding one on his way home from work when he died in an accident.

18-year-old Woelfersheim died in a motorcycle accident on Thursday night at the intersection of Continental Road and Abrego Road in Green Valley.

Woelfersheim was headed west on Continental towards Abrego when he ran into a driver making a left turn onto Abrego. Deputies say the car turned directly in front of the teenager and he could not avoid the collision.

On Monday, a group of friends set up a memorial and held a candle-light vigil of their own at the scene of the Woelfersheim's crash.

"He was able to make an impact on my life in a short period of time, not many people could do it," said Lathan Tate. He worked with Tyler.

Tate and other set up Tyler's photo leaning on a cross. There are multi-colored flowers and candles set up around the picture frame on the northwest corner of Continental and Abrego.

Tyler's mother, Lisa Chiariello, learned about the vigil and came to speak with Tyler's friends.

"Sadness and proudness at the same time that he had an impact on people, like this," she said.

Because Tyler loved to ride, his friends attached a lime-green, toy motorcycle to a tree at the intersection. It is a Kawasaki, which is the same brand Tyler rode. 

On Friday night there will be a group motorcycle ride for Tyler in Green Valley. It begins at 6 p.m. at 432 E. Continental Road. His family expect more than 100 bikers to show up. More information is here.