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Central's Sebastian Rivera dies after motorcycle accident

Junior quarterback Sebastian Rivera, injured in a motorcycle accident Tuesday morning, died Sunday. [DAVID W DOONAN   |   Special to Times]
Junior quarterback Sebastian Rivera, injured in a motorcycle accident Tuesday morning, died Sunday. [DAVID W DOONAN | Special to Times]
Published Sep. 28, 2015

Central High School junior quarterback Sebastian Rivera died Sunday morning, his mother confirmed.

Rivera, 16, had been hospitalized in critical condition since a motorcycle accident in Spring Hill on Tuesday morning. He was taken off a respirator Thursday and had been breathing on his own, according to a Facebook post by his father.

Rivera collided with the back of a pickup truck while he was on his way to school. He was ejected from his motorcycle and into the path of another car, which struck him. He was later airlifted to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.

"It's never easy to lose someone that you love. Sebastian, we know you are sharing your beautiful smile with everyone now. We love you," Central's football team said via its Twitter account.

Hernando County teams wore No. 3 decals on their helmets Friday night in support of Rivera. Friends and other area athletic programs offered their condolences via Twitter on Sunday.

Lecanto's High School's athletic department tweeted: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Sebastian Rivera's family and @CHSbearFb tonight. Losing someone you love so young is beyond words."

There is a GoFundMe page to help the Rivera family with hospital and funeral expenses: gofundme.com/684webag.

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