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Crossing Guard struck by hit-and-run driver fighting for his life

He was amputated twice after the accident
Posted at 4:48 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 23:26:39-05

The school crossing guard seriously injured by a hit and run driver is fighting for his life.  

The family of Andrew Tyler is focused on their loved one's health and they're thankful he's alive.

"My dad loves Thanksgiving, he loves the family being around," said Sharon Tyler, his daughter.

This Thanksgiving family plans to surround Tyler's hospital bed.

"He's fighting and we're gonna fight with him," Sharon said.

The 71-year-old has had both legs amputated as a result of a hit and run crash near 72nd and Street and Carmen Avenue.

"They took a little bit more it was only two-thirds down on the left now they took through the knee on both," Sharon said.

Even though Tyler is in critical condition, his Sharon feels he's doing better mentally.

"He was holding my gaze.  He was looking at me and when I sat down he was looking down at me.  He tried to move his neck, he's moving limbs, he's squeezing my hand, moving his arm," Sharon said.

Tyler was walking to Kluge Elementary, where he works as a crossing guard when he was hit. Police said the driver was in a four-door LeSabre or Buick Park Avenue. 

Tyler's grandson begged anyone with information to come forward.

"To know that there's a man out there still lurking around Milwaukee and keeping our streets unsafe cause any man that would do something like this is a man that needs to be behind bars," said Alec Tyler, his grandson. 

As Tyler's family leans on one another they need the community more than ever.  

"We need everyone's continued love and support, to keep looking for that car, the individual that hit my father, to keep the faith like he would want," Sharon said.

If you have any information about the crash call police.  To remain anonymous call (414) 933-4444.

There is a GoFundMe page set up in Tyler's name to help him pay medical expenses.