ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. --Funeral arrangements are being made for a St. Augustine teen who was killed in a motorcycle accident on Sunday.
16-year-old Mark Ochkie Jr. was traveling northbound on Hefferon Drive in St. Augustine when he lost control of his Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle just before 5:00 P.M.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Ochkie's bike went into the median and hit a palm tree. He was wearing a helmet.
A small memorial was set up near the tree Monday with flowers and a school picture. Friends left notes saying how much he would be missed and how important he was to them.
John Batta, who says he taught Ochkie's freshman English class, was shocked to learn of the loss. "You couldn't ask for a better kid. He always came into class with a good attitude and a handshake. The whole community will feel this loss." Batta says Ochkie would have been a junior at St. Augustine High School this fall.
His father, Mark Ochkie Sr., is a Sargent with the St. Johns County Sheriffs Office. A department spokesman tells Action News he has served the community for close to 20 years.
Arrangements have not been confirmed at this time.