Orangeburg Co. boy, 6, killed by truck by waiting for bus

cwinston@thestate.comJanuary 8, 2014 

— A 6-year-old Orangeburg County boy crossing the road to catch a school bus Wednesday morning was struck and killed.

The (Orangeburg) Times & Democrat identified the victim as Zion Toland, a kindergarten student at Dover Elementary School.

The crash occurred shortly after 7 a.m. on U.S. 178 north of North, according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with the S.C. Highway Patrol. The bus was not involved in the crash. It was turning around on a dirt road and did not have its lights activated, Jones said.

Zion, who was waiting for the bus with his brother, ran across the road and was struck by a 2009 Dodge pick-up truck driven by a 51-year-old woman, Jones said.

“A crisis response team consisting of school psychologists, counselors, and pastors responded to the school today to provide support and assistance to students, teachers, and parents as they experience the emotions of grief and loss,” said Bill Clark, spokesman for the Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5.

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to the parents and family.”

The crash remains under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol’s MAIT team. No charges have been filed.

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