CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) - A 20-year-old Chesapeake man killed while riding his bicycle on a busy street is now remembered permanently through the dozens of lives he saved and a statue in his honor.
Tyler Hirst was killed on Bainbridge Boulevard in April 2012, when he was struck by a van.
His father, Christopher Hirst, remembers his son as an aspiring chef full of life. He put up a memorial of bicycle with Tyler's name close to the accident scene last month.
"That safety awareness let him know that there is something good out of this outcome," Hirst said.
Tyler, who was signed up to be an organ donor years before his death, helped save nine lives by donating his kidneys, liver, pancreas, eyes, lungs and heart.
His generosity did not end with his organs.
"He has given 29 bone donations, nine ligament donations and it's a selfless gift," Tyler's uncle Charlie Spearman said. "His generosity lives on. Tyler continues to live on in the lives of all these people."
Family and friends gathered around his memorial Thursday.
"Everybody knows that Tyler is not with us, but he has donated a lot for somebody else."
Family members tell 10 On Your Side they home to one day get the chance to meet the recipients of Tyler's organs.
Tributes from those who knew Nelson Mandela began pouring in from across the globe, including words from two Hampton Roads leaders.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation says dredging beneath the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge will likely begin Friday afternoon.
State police is conducting a criminal investigation after a vehicle crashing into a residence on the Eastern Shore.
David Karl Becker, a Navy SEAL, was arrested on four charges related to stealing and selling government-owned firearms and ammunition.
Newport News Police said they are looking for the person who drove into the wall of a car wash and stole a control box.
Virginia lawmakers and officials commented on the passing of Nelson Mandela Friday, December 5, 2013. Mandela was 95 years old.
The Chesapeake Police Department is seeking any information about these 10 wanted suspects. If you know anything, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.