UPDATE: Tyler Flowers, 18, of Vancouver dies after crash in Oregon

He loved acting, making friends laugh, his brother says

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Updated: October 5, 2011, 9:50 PM

 

Tyler Flowers, a recent graduate of Hudson’s Bay High School who loved performing in theater productions, died at Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Hospital on Wednesday, two days after an afternoon crash on a major route to the Oregon Coast.

Flowers, 18, was a Vancouver resident. He had been listed in critical condition before his death Wednesday afternoon, according to a bulletin from the Oregon State Police.

His brother, Kyle Flowers, 19, said he “loved life and had a lot of friends. He always could make everyone happy and laugh.”

Tyler Flowers was involved in theater at Hudson’s Bay High School, where he graduated last school year, and continued acting at Clark College, his brother said.

“He just loved acting because he was so outgoing,” his brother said.

Kyle Flowers said his brother had fought some health problems, adding, “He was the strongest guy I know, mentally and physically.”

A passing motorist reported the crash around 2 p.m. Monday on Highway 26 about eight miles east of Elsie, the OSP bulletin said.

The driver saw a two-door car travel 10 feet down an embankment and strike a tree.Tyler Flowers was trapped inside.

He drove a 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse, his brother said.

An off-duty paramedic arrived five minutes later and began life support, troopers said.

Members of the Elsie Fire Department pulled Flowers from the car. Ambulance paramedics took him to a nearby landing zone; a Life Flight helicopter crew rushed him to Emanuel.

Highway traffic was affected for about two hours, troopers said.

OSP troopers are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.