Family and friends hold vigil for Berkeley skateboarder

An estimated 80 people showed up to show their respects and remember 18-year-old Tyler De Martini at a vigil Wednesday night. Photo: Ira Serkes

Family and friends of 18-year-old Tyler De Martini congregated on a corner of Marin Avenue in Berkeley last night to remember the El Cerrito High student who died Wednesday after colliding with a car while skateboarding down Marin at about 7 p.m. Monday evening.

De Martini’s mother, Kim De Martini, as well as his girlfriend and other close friends, remembered a  boy who was passionate about skateboarding, and had “a heart of gold”. Concerns over the safety of the intersection where the accident took place, at Marin and Tulare, were also raised.

A memorial service for De Martini is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Friday at El Cerrito High School. Email teamtylertribute@gmail.com for more information.

See more photographs of last night’s vigil in Berkeleyside’s Flickr pool. Read full coverage of the vigil at Albany Patch.


Questions were raised over the safety of the intersection where the accident took place. Photo: Ira Serkes

Friends remembered De Martini as a kind boy who was passionate about skateboarding. Photo: Ira Serkes
Suggestions for improving safety at the accident spot include better lighting, slow-speed signs and reflective signs. Photo: D.H. Parks

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