Michael Battle, 16, who was thrown from his motorcycle after jumping railroad tracks on Chestnut Street near Fourth Avenue South, was pronounced dead Friday morning at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
According to police, Battle was not wearing a helmet when he crashed at 7:25 p.m. on Thursday.
The police investigation indicates that Battle was riding with another motorcyclist and traveling the wrong way on Second Avenue South. They then traveled west on Chestnut Street and, according to witnesses, jumped the railroad tracks when Battle lost control.
Witnesses reported that prior to police arriving, a black General Motors SUV came along and loaded the motorcycle that Battle was riding into the back of the vehicle and fled the scene.
The second motorcyclist also fled after the incident. Police are working to identify the second motorcyclist as well as the person or persons in the black SUV.
According to police, Battle had marijuana in his possession at the time of the wreck. It has not yet been determined whether he was under the influence of an intoxicant.
Police urge anyone with information about the other individuals involved to call the Traffic Unit at 862-7738 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.