Sahuaro High School and its football, track and field and cross country programs are mourning the loss of senior athlete Adam Boehme, who passed away from an accident with an automobile while riding his bike near East 22nd Avenue and Pantano Boulevard on Tuesday.
Boehme, 17, was described as a ”kind soul” in a social media post Wednesday by the Sahuaro football program.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of one of our own. Adam Boehme, was a kind soul, who was always willing to step up and help when needed,” the post reads. “He was the first one to come help unload the supplies for the football boosters. Adam always played with his heart, and he always was there to support his teammates.
“You will be greatly missed Adam! Thank you for making the world a better place, we are all blessed to have known you. Rest easy 🙏🏼“
According to the police report, the accident occurred around 8:30 a.m. between Boehme’s electric-powered bicycle and a blue 2018 Peterbilt 330 flatbed truck.
Former CDO and Pima College women’s basketball standout Nadi Carey, a college basketball referee, mentioned she was the initial first responder on the scene and tried all she could but Boehme was pronounced dead there.
Carey, with a background as a firefighter with the Golder Ranch Fire Department, was in a nearby building when she was summoned to the accident.
Detectives say Boehme had been driving his bicycle west in the eastbound bike lane of East 22nd Street when he hit the truck, which was pulling out of a private drive.
The truck’s driver immediately stopped and cooperated with the investigation, and it was determined he was not impaired. Boehme had been wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Though the investigation is ongoing, police stated they don’t anticipate issuing any citations or charges.
Boehme, an adopted child of eight kids in his family, has been honored and his family is receiving widespread support since the incident.
Kevin Handshoe, Boehme’s coach with Sahuaro’s cross country and track and field teams, mentioned in a text message, “What I remembers the most about him is that he would do what ever you asked him to do.”
“Never complained about the workouts and always asked the right questions,” stated Handshoe, who is now an assistant coach at his alma mater Purdue. “He truly was an ambitious kid and kept telling me he was going to go D1 for XC and Track. His goal was NAU and he wanted to fun faster than me. I’m bummed that I’ll never be able to see that happen.”
The Sabino football team posted a Tweet that stated, “The football community is with you Adam Boehme. RIP young man!”
Today our thoughts are with @sahuaroFB2021 and the Sahuaro community as they mourn their loss of a great young man. The football community is with you Adam Boheme. RIP young man! pic.twitter.com/2fHzViRLRx
— Sabino Football (@SabinoFootball1) July 28, 2022
Sahuaro’s football program, led by first-year coach Al Alexander, is asking the public for meals donated to the Boehme family from Aug. 6-19 during this difficult time. Donations can be made at this Meal Train link.
The Cougars are also asking that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Sahuaro football, track and field and cross country teams.
All Sports Tucson sends our condolences to Adam’s family and the Sahuaro community.