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Burnsville High School baseball star killed in rollover

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A star Burnsville High School baseball player was killed and three other teens were injured after the driver lost control of his Jeep south of Rosemount on Wednesday night.

Matthew Berger, 17, was driving northbound in a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Highway 52 near 180th Street before 10 p.m. when he apparently lost control and the SUV went into the median and rolled over, coming to a stop in the southbound lanes, the Minnesota State Patrol said.


Ty Alyea, No. 6

Ty Alyea, 17, was a star baseball player at Burnsville High School and was  killed in the crash while the other two passengers and the driver were injured. Berger and 18-year-old Cole Borchardt were both critically injured and Tylan Procko, 17, was listed in fair condition at Regions Hospital. Berger and Procko were wearing their seat belts but Alyea and Borchardt were not, and were ejected from the SUV. There was no alcohol use detected on the driver or on any of the passengers, the State Patrol said.

The Star Tribune reported Borchardt graduated from Burnsville High School this past school year and was a standout hockey player drafted this spring by the USHL's top junior league Chicago Steel -- paralyzed Benilde-St. Margaret's forward Jack Jablonski is also on that roster. Berger and Procko will be seniors at Burnsville -- Berger a goalie and Procko played hockey for the Burnsville Blaze Hockey Club.

A community vigil will take place for the boys at 6:30 p.m. on the athletic practice fields next to the high school.

Message from Burnsville principal

Dear Burnsville High School Families,

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that a BHS student passed away and three others were seriously injured in a car accident last night. We are all deeply saddened by this tragic and sudden loss.

Administrators and other support staff are available today (Aug. 7) and will be available tomorrow (Aug. 8) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at BHS to talk to staff and students about this loss. Please call our school at (952) 707-2100 if you are seeking support or you know of a student who is in need of support.

Students may want to talk with parents and other trusted adults outside school about the death of a classmate. At this time, it is important to remember that it is normal for individuals to have different reactions to a classmate's death. Students may wait a while before wanting to talk or may need to be asked about the situation before talking. Some students may not need to discuss the situation at all.

It is always difficult to understand a loss like this and it is an especially important time to reach out for support. Again, please connect with me or the school office to access support resources for yourself or for a student.

Please join me in offering support and condolences to the family and friends and of the students.

Sincerely,

Dave Helke, Principal

Benefit fund set up for family

The Baseball Association 191 has set up a fund at Anchor Bank to receive donations for Ty Alyea's family. Donations can be sent or dropped by any Anchor Bank. Checks should be made payable to the family of Ty Alyea. 

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