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NORTH RIDGEVILLE - Drew Hayden, a 9-year-old hit by a car while sledding Tuesday, passed away from his injuries Friday afternoon.

Following his passing, his family released the following statement:

Our son Drew Hayden passed away this afternoon. We are heartbroken, and know that our community shares in that feeling. We would like to thank the doctors and nurses at MetroHealth, who worked tirelessly to save his life and the community for its prayers. Drew’s organs are being donated to Lifebanc and we find some comfort in knowing that a part of him will live on through others. He was a light in our lives and he will be forever in our hearts. He would have loved nothing more than knowing he will be a hero to so many. He was the kindest, most loving boy with an imagination far beyond what we can put to words which made him the greatest son. We cannot say enough words to thank the community for their outpouring of support, love, hugs, prayers, donations and anything that we needed.

Drew was riding his sled around 5 p.m. Tuesday, when he went down a hill in the Meadow Lakes subdivision.  He was struck by a car.

North Ridgeville police says while the incident is still under investigation, there are likely to be no charges filed against the driver of the vehicle involved.

A GoFundMe page set up by a friend of the family after the accident and raised more than $20,000 by Friday afternoon.

Friday evening, a moment of silence was held for Drew before the North Ridgeville and Amherst basketball game. Players also wore warm-up shirts with Drew's name on them.