Memorial for hit and run victim removed

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Submitted: Mon, 07/01/2013 - 3:09am
Updated: Mon, 07/01/2013 - 12:05pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After 27-year-old cyclist Zachary Paul Tyler was killed in a hit and run accident near the 7000 block of Wrightsville Avenue earlier this June, a memorial stood in his honor. Now, the spot where Zachary died is bare.

“Zachary had only died right here less than a week, and the NCDOT came and removed it,” said mother Beverly Tyler.

Zachary’s mother Beverly Tyler says a bike painted white was added to the memorial, and also quickly removed by NCDOT. She says the bike was more than a memory, but a reminder to drivers to slow down. She is not sure why her son’s memorial has been removed so quickly.

“There are areas in town where memorials have been there for months, if not years,” said Tyler.

Like the memorial near Dawson Street and South 5th Avenue in Wilmington…a memorial that has been left untouched for several months.

“It was a gift, as Zach was a gift. He was a soft-spoken, big guy, 6’4″ with a big smile. Just a kind person.”

Beverly Tyler put up another piece in memory of her son this weekend. She still hopes the bike is returned to the memorial soon and left alone.

NCDOT has not yet returned our phone calls.

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16 Comments on "Memorial for hit and run victim removed"

2015 years 8 months ago

To the folks running your mouth about memorials and bikes on the side of the road….SHUT IT!!! There is no reason why these things should be taken down. They are not hurting anyone. The DOT should atleast have a 30 day period to leave these items for a family in mourning and to remind drivers to drive safely!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Fined for littering? What an asshole thing to say to or about a grieving mother. You must be one of the heartless right wing douchebags that call to complain about such reminders of loved ones. Lets smear your son or daughter on the road and see how you would feel about a memorial then.

2015 years 8 months ago

This lady should be ticketed for littering. I’m sorry, but these stupid street memorials are nothing but trash that is left out to rot. I’m very sorry she lost her son, but seriously…a BIKE? They are a distraction more likely to cause wrecks than anything!

2015 years 8 months ago

I feel sorry for the mom, but the side of the road is not a place for this. It is a distraction and could cause others to have accidents. I agree with DOT for doing this and it should be done for all that are on the right of way.

2015 years 8 months ago

Look at the memorials that don’t get removed with teddy bears that lay there & artificial flowers that fade & mildew…they don’t get removed nor do they even mention giving them tickets for littering!

2015 years 8 months ago

You are 100% right!

That’s because they are all in the ghetto.

There is one by Johnson’s grocery that has been there 20+ years.

2015 years 8 months ago

implement a new policy a few years ago dealing with the removal of roadside memorials? I’m thinking they said they’ll remove them after a set period of time.

2015 years 8 months ago

I’ve got some white paint, who’s got an ol’ bike?

As far as these memorials being distractions, I don’t see it that way. No more so than a caution or slowdown sign. What say’s “drive carefully” better than a symbol that some lost there life here?

2015 years 8 months ago

Then create one in your front yard. I don’t want to see them on the side of the road.

2015 years 8 months ago

One…lefty democrat here…VERY far from a right winger. Two…I don’t like children and have no plans on having them so no chance of this being an issue for me. Three…EVEN if I did I don’t see how putting flowers or a freakin bike there helps anyone. I would think it would only cause a distraction to drivers who rubber neck and have to slow down or not pay attention to the road to see what it is. Lastly…It is in fact littering in my opinion. Sorry…but it is

2015 years 8 months ago

I’m very glad to know you will never reproduce.

2015 years 8 months ago

A very simple, elegant, effective idea.
Not at the location of the accident which is public property – but on the front lawn of your home.
I agree with you the roadside ones are a distraction and should not be allowed.
Isn’t there one behind Sam’s Club? I think that one has become permanent because it looks like a darned head stone is there……..

Cemeteries are there for the visible marker of someone dying. That is enough IMHO


2015 years 8 months ago

Are you just trying to piss people off on a rainy Monday morning? Give her a ticket? You suck and you should be given a ticket for being a jerk and distracting my peaceful morning!

2015 years 8 months ago

How about if the family, or friends, of Zachary planted a tree in their loved one’s honor as near to the spot of the accident as would be possible? A roadside memorial would not have to be a large tree. The tree should be marked by a plaque with the information the family wants to share and that passersby would be interested in: “This tree is planted in memory of …” then the victim’s name, age, time of death, and other pertinent details.

Don Wrong
2015 years 8 months ago

Come on folks this mother is grieving, don’t make mean comments on something that she saw as a healing aid. Do I think these things need to be out there, no, not for a long period of time, 30 days is good and helps the family. Be kind, as I’m sure his family is reading these remarks. Show some compassion.

2015 years 8 months ago

First off to the family of this young Law Abiding Young American who lost his life.. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss it’s horrific…
Now my suggestion is that part of this young woman’s sentence,who is guilty of killing an innocent HARD WORKIN AMERICAN, should be ordered to stand on the very spot she killed Zach and be forced to hold a large sign that states “My name is Judith Nemeth and I killed a young innocent AMERICAN exactly where I stand,with my car then drove away to allow him to die alone, yes I could have dialed 911but I chose not to. Instead I went home and went to bed.Now my name is Killer of the innocent”….