Vigil held for Ogden teen killed in hit-and-run, police still seeking driver

Posted at 9:37 PM, Nov 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-08 23:37:15-05

OGDEN, Utah -- One week after an Ogden teen was killed in a hit-and-run, family and friends gathered at the scene of the crash for a candlelight vigil.

Joe Martinez, 16, was riding a skateboard to a friend’s house when he was struck by a car while traveling on 17th Street in Ogden. That driver fled the scene, and a second driver also hit Martinez. That driver stopped and contacted police.

Family and friends gathered at the site of the crash with candles to remember Martinez.

“He loved his friends, he’s got family over there, he’s got parents of friends that are family—that’s what I would like for this: we are just honoring my grandson,” said Kelly Wilkinson, who is Joe’s grandmother.

Aspen Rasmussen also spoke about Joe.

“He was our everything; he held us together and kept us sane,” she said of her friend. “He would help us when we needed it.”

Police are still searching for the driver who fled the scene. Officials said the second driver was cooperative. Officials are seeking the first driver, who they said is responsible for the teen’s death.

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