MELBA, Idaho -- The community of Melba is mourning the sudden loss of a high school student.
Fourteen-year-old Nick Martinez was hit by a car on Friday. Melba school administrators say he died the next day at a Utah hospital.
Melba Junior-Senor High School Principal Todd Shumway says Nick Martinez was a smart and outgoing student who loved to play football. His death is a huge loss for this tight-knit community.
"A very good kid, positive kid," said Shumway. "Lots of energy and somebody that we really appreciated having in our school."
The school has psychologists and a crisis management team on hand to help students get through this tough time.
A counselor was also brought in from Kuna to help talk to students trying to understand what happened.
Shumway sent a letter home with students today that outlines what we know about the accident.
It says Nick was hit by a car while traveling with some family friends on Friday. He was then airlifted to a Utah hospital where he later died.
There are about 400 students at the Melba Junior-Senior High School.
Administrators say many students took advantage of the counseling services offered today.
Counselors will be on hand throughout the week to help students who need to talk.