Community urges driver who killed ND teen in hit-and-run to come forward

Published: Jul. 10, 2019 at 11:08 PM CDT
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Community members says they can’t get any closure until the driver who killed a 21-year-old man from Wahpeton is arrested.

A prayer service was held Wednesday at St. John’s Catholic Church for Tyler Wohlers.

Evan McCall was dressed for the service honoring his long-term friend. Both coached hockey together in Wahpeton.

“He always gave a 110 percent. He was a guy who will do anything, anything to help his team win,” McCall said.

McCall said he felt sick to his stomach when heard of Wohler’s death.

“Tyler was a son, a brother, a friend,” McCall said. “You know, I can't speak for the family. But you got a family that just lost somebody and they're grieving. And I think for now it's just a matter of closure.”

That can’t happen as long as the driver who killed him is on the loose.

Minnesota State Patrol is looking for any tips or leads on the deadly hit-and-run that occurred near the city of Ottertail.

“We just stay on top of it as far as the investigation purposes and things like that. Looking for leads, breaks, evidence gathering. All those types of things, clues that may lead to the facts of what happened in this type of crash,” Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow said.

According to highway troopers, it’s been tough to ID the driver and the car because the accident happened Saturday at around 1 a.m. along a state highway.

Wohlers was walking with friends when he tripped and fell. The suspected car hit him and continued driving.

Two people who witnessed the hit-and-run said the car was a white or silver sedan similar to a Chevrolet Cavalier.

The car will have front-end damage and a fluid leak, according to troopers.

At this time, authorities aren’t sure if a reward will be offered.

The burial for Tyler Wohlers will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Wahpeton.

Anyone with information on this deadly hit-and-run is encouraged to call Minnesota State Patrol at 218-846-8244.

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