School crossing guard dies after hit & run in Spartanburg

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) - Spartanburg District 7 officials confirmed that a school crossing guard who was injured in a hit-and-run crash near Jesse Boyd Elementary School has passed away.

Superintendent Dr. Russell Booker confirmed that Emma Taylor passed away Wednesday around 6:15 p.m.

We reported earlier that Taylor was helping students safely cross the road, when a car hit her and took off.

The incident happened on Fernwood-Glendale Road near Jesse Boyd Elementary School. Taylor was previously reported to be in critical condition at an area hospital following the crash.

On Wednesday, Dr. Booker sent an email to his staff announcing Taylor's passing.

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great sorrow that District Seven shares the news of Ms. Emma Taylor’s passing this evening at 6:15pm. “Ms. Emma,” as the children and staff at Jesse Boyd Elementary School lovingly called her served as the school’s crossing guard following a lifetime of dedicated service as a member of the City of Spartanburg’s police department and Spartanburg Regional.  Miss Emma’s passing has shaken all of us, and we are devastated by this loss.    
On behalf of the entire District Seven community, we’d like to thank everyone who has been checking on Ms. Emma and would ask that you continue to keep her family, extended family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. The Taylor family has established a “GoFundMe” page to offset the medical expenses incurred in the last days of her life. To learn more about the family’s needs you can go to the following link

I have truly been inspired by the family during this difficult time.  Perhaps the greatest tribute we can pay to Ms. Emma and her family as we celebrate her life, is to give of our own time and talents with the same spirit of joy, love, and unselfishness that “Precious” shared with all of us.

Thanks for all you do.


Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger also confirmed Taylor's passing.

"My office was called to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center this evening after 73 year old Precious Emma Elizabeth Taylor ... was pronounced dead at 6:14 PM," Clevenger said. 

Clevenger said the coroner's office will be following up with usual examinations as they assist law enforcement with their investigation.

South Carolina Highway Patrol said this case is still an ongoing investigation. They have yet to identify the car or any suspect(s). 

Lance Cpl. Joel Hovis with the S.C. Highway Patrol said there are few details about the vehicle that hit her. The vehicle is described as a dark-colored car. 

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