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Family of Child Killed: 'He Loved to Laugh'

11:31 PM, Jan 8, 2014   |    comments
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Orangeburg County, SC (WLTX)- Family members are mourning the loss of 6-year-old Zion Toland, who died when he was struck by a pickup Wednesday morning.

"His mom actually said she made him his favorite breakfast this morning before he left to get on the bus," said Shanquetta Toland. Zion's cousin. "He said goodbye to his mom and went out the door like he normally did."

The Dover Elementary School student never made it across Highway 178 in Orangeburg County. State Troopers say a Dodge pickup truck struck the 6-year-old just after 7 a.m. Wednesday.

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"His older brother made it across the street and onto the bus but Zion never made it. It knocked him all the way past that Police car," said Shanquetta.

She says Zion and his 11-year-old brother were in their grandfathers car warming up while waiting for the bus to arrive.

"He saw the whole thing, he is not dealing with it well. He was the youngest, that is his grandbaby."

She says Zion will be remembered for his smile.

"He was very heart warming, just a normal 6-year-old. He just turned six on Saturday. He loved to laugh and make you smile."

The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

State troopers continue to investigate the circumstances leading up to the accident.



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