Dec 28, 2013 12:47 AM by Erika Flores

Family comforted by community after Christmas Eve wreck

TUCSON- A family is mourning the loss of their loved one killed in a Christmas Eve wreck.

19-year-old Matthew Teschner died when his car went off the highway into the Salt River Canyon.

Teschner and his girlfriend 19-year-old Kimberly Montoya were returning from snowboarding in the White Mountains.

Authorities said the vehicle missed a turn and went off the road plunging down a one thousand foot cliff.

Matthew's family said they find strength in the community that has shown its support during this tragedy.

They spoke to News 4 Tucson to let everyone know what a loving young man Matthew was.

Just three days ago, Kim Teschner's son and his girlfriend were on their way home from a snowboarding trip.

"They were inseparable. They meant the world to each other. They spent every single day together," said Teschner.

But when she hadn't heard from him, she called highway patrol.

"Mrs. Teschner we want to make sure you are still home and please don't leave your home. We are sending someone to your home to talk to you about it, and I knew then that it wasn't good," said Teschner.

It was then that Teschner realized her son wasn't making it home for Christmas.

"It's been very hard on our family. It's just not something you expect or plan for," said Teschner.

But Teschner said family, friends and the community have rallied behind them coming together on Christmas for a vigil and praying for his girlfriend's recovery.

"It's so appreciated. It strengthens us to continue to carry on and Matt would want nothing else than for us to do that carry on and take care of Kimberly and make sure she gets through this also," said Matthew's dad Mike.

The Teschner family wants everyone to remember Matt as a warm, loving, goal-oriented young man.

Funeral arrangements:

Thursday, January 2:

Memorial service for coworkers and UAMC staff (where Matthew and his father worked)

Viewing at Vistoso Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, January 3:

Mass services at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 11 a.m.

Burial services to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery

Luncheon after funeral at church hall

The family welcomes people to share their thoughts and prayers during the viewing or celebration of life.

The memorial fund is under Matthew Teschner Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo


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