His family said Tyler died peacefully with loved ones by his side early this morning. He underwent several surgeries, including two leg amputations. He went to hospice earlier this week. The family said in the end his respiratory system gave out.
The news of Tyler's death reached his Kluge Elementary family, where he was a crossing guard.
"It hurts like you seen him everyday so to know someone could do what they did and he didn't deserve it," said Jennifer Smith, a Kluge Elementary parent.
The 71-year-old was hit by a car last month near 72nd and Carmen while on his way to work. The driver was in an older model burgundy Buick Park Avenue or LeSabre. Parents are sickened this ended with an innocent man's death.
"They need to slow down for one and pay attention. That's how other people get hurt and killed," said Marquisha Fornuiwalls, a Kluge Elementary parent.
"You should have more empathy and really just come and just turn yourself in," said Mercedes Gordon.
Families at Kluge Elementary are devastated.
"He was kind. You could tell he was loving a good man. He was sweet. He always said hi to my kids," Smith said.
The principal said students made Mr. Tyler cards of encouragement while he was in the hospital.
"He's going to be truly missed. Some families even knew him when they were kids and going to school here so it's definitely a sad day," said Principal Keushum Willingham.