BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The family of a 13-year-old boy who died following a crash in Northwest Bakersfield held a vigil Sunday night in his memory.

Nicolas Peterson was killed after the motorcycle he was on collided with an SUV on Jan. 10.

The vigil for Peterson took place at the corner of Coffee and Hageman roads, where the accident took place. The man who was driving the motorcycle — Nic’s stepdad, John Deal — was seriously injured in the collision.

Rick Scott, Nicolas’ grandfather said Nicolas and Deal were best buddies who often rode together.

“They went everywhere together. They hung out together, they played together, they argued together, and they loved together,” Scott said.

Deal remains in serious condition but is improving each day, according to family.

The family has created a GoFundMe account that has raised nearly $15,000 as of Sunday afternoon to help cover burial and medical costs.

Nicolas Peterson is shown with his stepfather, John Deal. Courtesy of the Peterson family.