Tucson News Now | Sonu Wasu
Sterling Lytle was expected to be taken off life support on Monday, but due to some complications surrounding organ donations, that was postponed until Tuesday.
Lytle's stepfather Casey Barcelo said he did not realize how many things factored into organ donation procedures.
"We have made the decision to turn off the life support tomorrow afternoon, around 3 o'clock, said Barcelo.
The 25-year old firefighter suffered massive brain injuries after being run over by a car, and even if he survived, family members said he would not be able to function.
"Sterling would not want to live like that, be a vegetable. He would be attached to a feeding tube, and not be able to function at all," sad Barcelo.
He said that the family had talked to Lytle's closest friends before making the decision.
"They are firefighters and war veterans. They have had these conversations before, and they all felt this was the best decision. It's what Sterling would have wanted," said Barcelo.
The accident took place in a parking lot near the intersection of Alvernon and Lee street, just before 3 AM on Thursday morning. Friends say Lytle and a colleague were heading home from celebrations, after a Pima Community College firefighter/paramedic graduation ceremony. Lytle was a passenger in the vehicle.