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A Cambridge teen died Wednesday from injuries from an Aug. 28 motor vehicle crash, officials said Thursday.

Jaden McDaniels, 16, was the passenger on a friend’s motorcycle zipping along Pleasant Street in Cambridgeport that ran into a Toyota RAV4 as it turned left from Putnam Avenue, according to a preliminary investigation by police. The kids sped through a stop sign, police believe.

The scene of the crash is a residential area, save for the Cambridge Gospel Hall church at the same corner.

Police responded to the crash at approximately 8:47 p.m., according to a Thursday press release from commissioner Christine Elow and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

The kids were taken to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston after first aid was tried on-scene by residents, Cambridge firefighters, EMTs and police officers. The driver of the motorcycle suffered non-life-threatening injuries, while McDaniels hung on for nine days before being pronounced dead at the hospital, Elow and Ryan said.

Their statement didn’t mention whether helmets were being worn by the teens, who are believed to have been attending Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

In a letter to the CRLS community on Thursday, principal Damon Smith said McDaniels was “intelligent, caring and kind.”

“He had strong relationships with many students and staff in our community and we will miss him dearly,” Smith said. “Our school community extends our deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones.” Support was being offered Friday to students, who could see social workers and guidance counselors alone or get group support. The school was in touch with the Riverside Trauma Center about additional services for students, staff and the CRLS community, Smith said.

A visitation for the family was held from noon to 9 p.m. Friday in Roxbury. That evening, the high school’s football and volleyball games were postponed, Smith said in a communication to the community that went out after 7 p.m., after the games were expected to start.

The driver of the RAV4 and the passengers remained at the scene Aug. 28, police said. In the Thursday press release, police said there was an ongoing investigation into the crash being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Cambridge police and the Massachusetts State Police Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Section. No charges have been filed.


This post was updated Sept. 11, 2023, with news about a visitation and postponed high school sports events.