The city of Melba is mourning the loss of one of their own, Nick Martinez, a 14-year old freshman at Melba Junior-Senior High School, who died Saturday from injuries suffered after being struck by a car last Friday night in Saratoga Springs, Utah. Martinez, who’s legal last name is Lunsford, was walking along a two lane road around midnight with family friends when he was hit. He was flown to a hospital in critical condition.
It was reported that Saratoga Springs Police Department are interviewing witnesses and charges may be pending for the driver. Nick Martinez parents traveled to the Utah hospital where they made the decision to take him off life support on Saturday.
A vigil was held on Monday night where hundreds of Melba residents, friends and family attended to mourn the loss of the popular freshman who played defensive back and running back on both the JV and varsity football squads. Students held a candlelight vigil but used glowsticks in lieu of candles as weather forced the event indoors. They watched a slide show while sharing memories.
“Outgoing, made lots of good jokes, he’s a funny kid,” said Brian Skow, a member of Nick’s class and football team to a local radio station. “He’ll be hard to forget.”
Nick’s mother, Michelle Martinez, works as an aid at the school and his stepfather, Rob Martinez, is a volunteer coach with the Mustang’s football program. Nick also has five brothers.
The family has asked people to sign the coffin at the service. His mom told a local radio station it “tacky as all get out” but says that’s what Nick would have wanted.
As of press time, a fundraising website has raised close to $500 to assist the family. To donate you can visit www.gofundme.com and enter “Nick and The Martinez Family.”
The Bank of the Cascades has set up a memorial fund for the Nick Martinez Family. Donations can be made at any Bank of the Cascades branch.
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, December 6 at 2 p.m.
at the Melba LDS Church. Viewings will be held there from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday evening and from 12:45-1:45 p.m. on Friday.