A Melba Junior-Senior High School freshman was hit by a car in Utah Friday and died from his injuries on Saturday, according to a school official.
Nick Martinez was 14. His legal name was Nick Lunsford, but he went by Martinez, said Head Football Coach Jordon Coffin. The boy's step-father, Rob Martinez, is a volunteer football coach for Melba, and his mother, Michelle Martinez, works at the school.
Martinez played both JV and varsity football for the Mustangs this year, Coffin said. He was a strong safety and running back.
"He was a consistent, hard-working kid who did what he was asked, and he was loved by a lot of people," Coffin said. Martinez was in Coffin's weight training and conditioning class.
Coffin said school staff was notified about Martinez' death on Saturday. Melba Junior-Senior High has about 400 students, and grief counselors will be available to students and staff on Monday, Principal Tom Shumway said.
"We have our crisis team fully involved," he said Sunday night from the school.
Shumway said Martinez' family told him that the boy went down to Salt Lake City with a friend, and that's where the accident occurred. No other details were available Sunday.
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