An arrest has been made in the Oct. 30 hit-and-run near Jesse Boyd Elementary School that left Emma Taylor, a beloved school crossing guard, dead.
Kenneth Gregory Sullivan, 27, of 132 Maulden St., Spartanburg, faces charges of felony leaving the scene resulting in death; driving under suspension, first offense; and driving an uninsured vehicle, second offense, according to Trooper Joe Hovis of the state Highway Patrol. A formal bond hearing will be held Wednesday.
Taylor, 73, died about a week after the hit-and-run.
She was struck by a vehicle on Fernwood Glendale Road while helping several children across the street before school started. She was a former Spartanburg police officer, and she was named South Carolina crossing guard of the year several years ago.
Jesse Boyd Principal Meredith Rose said in November that Taylor was an important part of the school’s community who went above and beyond for students. “She was a friend to our children, she was a counselor to our kids,” Rose said at the time. “She looked out for them, their welfare, whether they would get to school on time. She knew when they didn’t come to school and worried about them when they were absent.” Spartanburg School District 7 Superintendent Russell Booker said he did not want to comment on the arrest until he had more information.
Hovis thanked the Spartanburg Police Department for assisting in the investigation, which led to the suspect being located. "We'd like to thank the general public," Hovis said. "It was a group effort. I'm glad for the family that they have some closure." Staff writer Bob Montgomery contributed to this report.
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