Close friends said Pinner was a rising senior at Fort Zumwalt South High School.
At around 3:45 Wednesday afternoon, investigators say the 17 year-old was standing with a friend near his home on Oak Forest Drive when a Ford truck hit him, then drove away.
Shortly after Tyler was struck, several of his friends immediately headed to the crime scene, waiting for an update and hoping for the best.
Ian Sauvage says, “I got a text and came over right away to see, it’s very sad.” Another friend, Miguel Vinzon, adds, “I’ve just been worried and anxious to hear what they have to say, if he’s ok or not.”
At times like this, Tyler’s friends are leaning on each other for moral support. They say he’s a great student who planned to become a technical engineer after graduation. But more than that, he was always a great friend.
“He’s a really honest person, he’s real, and doesn’t deserve to die,” says Matt Draude.
Miguel adds, “He always has jokes and stuff, he’s really funny. He’s just a good kid, smart too.”
As Tyler’s friends watched from afar, an accident reconstruction team and crime scene investigators studied skid marks and other evidence, trying to piece together the event that sent the victim to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Meanwhile, O’Fallon police quickly tracked down the suspect’s black F-150 truck thanks to a description given by Tyler’s friend, the sole witness.
Investigators now have five people in custody -- two adults and three juveniles. Authorities say the three teens fled on foot but were caught last night.
Also in question is whether the victim and suspects knew one another. St. Charles County Lt. Dave Tiefenbrunn says, “At this point we don’t know if the vehicle was just traversing through the neighborhood, or if there was some kind of confrontation between the suspect and the individual that was hit.”
As Tyler’s close friends continue to pray for his recovery, they say it’s been an incredibly tough year for his family. Tyler’s father died of a heart attack just three months ago.