19 years in intensive care after Vallejo Sideshow – NBC Bay Area
A North Bay man is fighting for his life after being hit by a car during a Vallejo sideshow over the weekend.
Days after the show, 19-year-old Tyler Ingersoll is still in intensive care fighting for his life. While his family prays for him to pull through, they are also calling for side shows to be stopped to prevent it from happening again.
Ingersoll’s friends and family gathered outside a Fairfield hospital on Thursday with messages of support and action, hoping the father will wake up after a sideshow turned violent.
“It has become a game of life or death and my child is currently on the verge of death,” said his mother Desarae Reiswig Greer.
The video captured the mayhem, including a car crash and then a series of gunfire that dispersed the crowd.
At one point you see a mustang smash into a blue corvette before hurtling into a crowd of people. That’s when they think Ingersoll got hit.
His mother explained that she never liked side shows and that illegal car stunts could cost her son his life.
She said he was on life support suffering from a traumatic brain injury after undergoing three surgeries.
“They have to stop, they’re getting out of hand, the kids think it’s fun,” Reisiwg Greer said.
A new video released to the family shows a different angle on the chaos. Shana Randa watched it all live and now fears Ingersoll’s daughter is growing up without a father.
“I really want him to come through because Tyler, he has a baby on the way and our daughter really needs him,” Randa said.
Police said around 200 cars were at the illegal car show, which lasted for hours in various parts of the city.
Ingersoll’s fiancée explained that she was with him until someone started shooting and they broke up.
“As soon as I went to turn around like that, it flew right past my head, through my hair,” Alyssa Gastelum said.
The once normal pastime for this family now brings grief that they hope others will learn from.
“We like side shows, it’s cool to watch cars but as soon as something happens to your family things change,” Gastelum said. “We shouldn’t have been there either.”
Ingersoll’s family said his condition was delicate and they did not know if he would recover.
Another person was also injured after being shot during this show, but his condition is unknown.