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16-Year-Old Dies From Injuries After Motorcycle Crash

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A 16-year-old boy who was thrown from his motorcycle while jumping railroad tracks has died from his injuries.

Officials with Vanderbilt University Medical Center said Michael Battle passed away around 8:30 a.m. Friday.

An officer first spotted Battle and another motorcyclis driving the wrong way on 2nd Avenue South on Thursday night. An "Be on the Lookout" alert was sent out.

A short time later, witnesses told police they saw them on Chestnut Street near 4th Avenue South jumping over some train tracks. Battle lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown to the ground. 

When officers arrived shortly after 7:25 p.m. Thursday, they found Battle seriously injured, and the motorcycle was no longer at the crash scene. He was not wearing a helmet, and was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

The other motorcyclist left the scene.

Before officers got on the scene, witnesses said a black General Motors SUV came and picked up the motorcycle that Battle had been driving.

Police said they found marijuana on Battle, but were unsure if he was under the influence at the time of the crash.

Officers are continuing in their efforts to identify the second motorcyclist and whoever was in the black SUV. Police had earlier said the motorcycle Battle had been driving was blue with handlebar damage. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Traffic Unit at (615)862-7738 or Crime Stoppers at (615)74-CRIME.

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