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more to say about Tyler

Here’s an article from the Missourian.  This one has more to say about Tyler, and less about the accident.

Weekend crash kills MU student

Tyler Downey and a St. Louis teen were killed on Saturday.

July 26, 2006

An MU student and a St. Louis teenager were killed Saturday morning when a car traveling the wrong way on Interstate 70 struck another car.

Tyler Downey, 22, was a passenger in a 1991 Nissan Maxima driven by 24-year-old Columbia native Chad Clooten. While traveling east on I-70 in St. Charles, Clooten’s car was hit head-on by Calvin James, 19, of St. Louis, who was driving the wrong way in his 1993 Mercury Cougar.

A third vehicle, driven by Jerry Krnotch, 24, of Wright City, tried to avoid the wreck, but struck James’ car, said Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. Julie Scerine.

Downey and the passenger in James’ car, 18-year-old Aaron Rumbles of St. Louis, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, Scerine said.

Clooten and Downey were wearing seat belts, but Rumbles was not. Scerine said it was unclear whether James was wearing a seat belt.

Scerine said that it was not known how James ended up traveling west in the eastbound lane, and that James himself had no answer.

There were no drugs or alcohol involved in the accident, Scerine said.

Clooten and James suffered minor injuries and were treated at St. Joseph West Medical Center. They have since been released. Krnotch was not injured.

Scerine said she did not know if James would be charged.

Downey was a business and Spanish major at MU and was very religious, said Jeff Smith, a friend.

He said Downey had a self-sacrificing attitude.

“It was all about other people with him,” Smith said. “He had a passion for helping those that couldn’t help themselves, those that couldn’t fight for themselves.”

In addition to being heavily involved with The Rock, a Christian ministry group on MU’s campus, Smith said Downey helped rebuild houses for disadvantaged families in Memphis during the 2004 summer with a group called Service Over Self. Downey and Smith also traveled to New Orleans to help rebuild houses damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

One of Smith’s fondest memories of Downey was when they sang Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” together at a karaoke bar.

He said Downey liked to do anything that involved being around people, such as playing softball on Sunday mornings with a group of friends.

Downey was born March 3, 1984, in Jefferson City to Steven and Pamela Downey. He graduated from South Callaway High School in 2002 and attended MU the following fall.

Downey is survived by his parents; two brothers, Benjamin Downey of Overland Park, Kan., and Kevin Downey, who is stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Japan; grandparents Eddie and Wanda Downey of Florida and Pauline Campbell of Republic; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Maupin Funeral Home, 301 Douglas Blvd., in Fulton. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Rock Church, c/o Maupin Funeral Home. Condolences may also be sent to the family at maupinfuneral


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