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16-Year-Old Motorcyclist Dies from Injuries Received in Thursday Night Crash


June 7, 2013


The 16-year-old who was thrown from his motorcycle while jumping railroad tracks on Chestnut Street near 4th Avenue South has died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Michael Battle, who was not wearing a helmet when he crashed at 7:25 Thursday night, was pronounced dead at 8:12 a.m. today.
The continuing investigation indicates that Battle was riding with another motorcyclist.  They were initially observed traveling the wrong way on 2nd Avenue South.  He and his partner then traveled west on Chestnut Street and, according to witnesses, were jumping the railroad tracks when Battle lost control.  The second motorcyclist fled the scene.  Prior to police arrival, a black General Motors SUV came along. The motorcycle that Battle had been riding was loaded into the back of the vehicle, which also fled.  Officers are continuing in their efforts to identify the second motorcyclist and the person(s) in the black SUV.  Anyone with information about them is urged to contact the Traffic Unit at 862-7738 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.
Marijuana was found on Battle’s person.  It has not yet been determined whether he was under the influence of an intoxicant.