A local family is dealing with the loss of a teen killed while crossing the street. A vigil took place Friday evening for Tiger Williams.
Williams died June 18, when a vehicle struck him on his bike near Marion Drive and Bonanza Road.
“Two cars had stopped for Tiger, that one that didn’t,” his aunt said at the vigil.
“Tiger’s just as unique as his name,” his brother Konane Williams said.
Loved ones remembered the 16 year old at the vigil. Williams translated condolences for their deaf mother.
“It’s definitely uplifting. That was her last baby. She says to pray for him,” he said.
Metro Police say the driver involved did not appear to be impaired and stayed at the scene.
“He blew it,” Tiger’s aunt said of the driver.
Tiger’s aunt works with the driver.
“In my opinion, there’s no excuse, and that’s my co-worker. I have to look at him, and he has to look at me,” she said.
The family reached out to the people who attended the vigil.
“I would like to hug my sister, his mom, would like to hug each and every person here please,” Tiger’s aunt said.
Family friend Ronald Williams tried to protect the attendees at the crosswalk where Tiger lost his life.
“It’s just aggravating, and it’s something that frustrates me when you lose somebody so close to you,” he said.
He says Tiger was like a nephew to him.
“It’s sad that a tragedy like this had to happen for us to start coming together and realizing what’s going, because this ain’t the first one and, God forbid, I hope it ain’t… it might not be the last,” he said. “It’s easy for people to hear it on the news or it happened to somebody else, but when it hits home, it’s like, wow.”
Tiger’s family says his organs were donated to seven people. He is the sixth person to die on a bike this year.
The driver involved has not been charged. Police are still looking at the case. Tiger’s family wants to rally for a traffic light at the intersection where he died.