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Friends remember Siesta teenager who was fatally hit by a car

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SARASOTA, Fla.-- It was the evening of May 13th when Sarasota Police say a 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy were hit by a car on Siesta Drive. The two were trying to cross the street.

Investigators have not yet released the names of the victims or the driver. Although one of the victims' families identified the girl as Erica Ross and the boy as Matthew Batchie. Investigators are interviewing the driver and still waiting on the results of a toxicology report but so far no charges have been filed.

Ross was seriously injured and is in the hospital. Batchie’s family tells us he sustained brain injuries and passed away Wednesday morning.

"He was so young. He had so much to look forward to, and in the blink of an eye, it all just went away," said Batchie's friend Dalton Ellis, who was with Batchie’s family in the hospital.

"I expected it to be sad, but really his mom just brought the whole situation up. She was just happy that everybody was there visiting," said Ellis. "They didn’t know that he had so many friends that cared about him. It was just overwhelming for them."

Ellis met Batchie through racing dirt bikes, which was a real passion for Batchie and says he always had a smile on his face.

"[His smile] was permanent never left. He could be the maddest person ever, but somehow he was always smiling," said Ellis.


Now friends and family are planning a memorial for Batchie on Siesta Beach Saturday night. Ellis says then it will be clear just how many lives he touched.

"His presence was just always with you no matter what," said Ellis, "and I just feel like it never left."