Schoolgirl, 15, dies days after motorbike crash that also killed boyfriend, 17

A Florida schoolgirl was pronounced dead on Monday, three days after she was thrown from a motorcycle during a high-speed crash that also killed her teenage boyfriend.

Taylor Kolouris, 15, of South Tampa, had been riding on the back of a motorbike driven by Ben Francis, 17, when they crashed into the side of a Kia Sorento.

Tampa police say the driver of the car did not see the motorcycle approaching when he was travelling northbound on Bay to Bay Boulevard from the stop sign on Lois Avenue.

The crash remains under investigation and police have not revealed how fast the two Plant High School students were travelling.

Francis died at the scene of the crash and Kolouris was taken to Tampa General Hospital.

She passed away on Monday morning after succumbing to her injuries.

The driver of the Kia was taken to hospital with serious injuries but is expected to survive, police say.

Family and friends of Kolouris held a vigil for her on Sunday night, before she passed away, offering their prayers at the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church.

Kolouris' best friend Elizabeth McCree described her as "an absolute light," according to WTSP.

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Youth pastor Kenny Hubber organised the event for Kolouris and led attendees in prayer.

Hubbel said: "She's beautiful inside and out and we're just coming together in hope and prayer and asking God to make this okay."

Friends and family of Kolouris have yet to make a public statement following her passing.

Francis, who had died at the scene, was honoured by his own family and friends last weekend during a private memorial service.

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Around 100 of Ben's friends met on a beach in Davis Island to swap stories and set off fireworks, one of his favourite activities.

Taylor Sass, Francis' best friend, said: "He always brought light into every room.

"He knew how to make you smile and you just look at him and know that you're happy I don't know how you explain that."

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Francis' parents also spoke out about the loss of their son, and a funeral service is planned for him on December 18.

"Ben's life was about wanting everyone else to be happy so I'm gonna do what he would want me to do. He wouldn't want me to be sad," his father said.

His mother said that the crash was a "tragic accident" and that he will be missed by many.

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The scene has accounted for 30 accidents since 2015 and has been considered a danger zone for some time.

Local dentist Michael McNeill, who has a practice near the intersection, said that he has witnessed prior collisions on that particular road.

He said: "I live and work here so I get to witness maybe a half of a dozen a year, accidents that happen.

"With the number of accidents that happen here, there ought to be some consideration for some crosswalks and a light."

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