South Carolina Highway Patrol investigators are turning to unusual practices in hopes of solving a deadly hit-and-run in Spartanburg County.
In October, Jesse Boyd Elementary School Crossing Guard Emma Taylor was hit by a car while helping students cross the road. According to investigators the driver took off.
Taylor died in the hospital days later.
At this time, little is known about the car or driver. According to Highway Patrol Officers the vehicle may be dark in color and may have some damage to the front drivers side.
“The South Carolina Highway Patrol needs your help solving a fatal hit-and-collision.” That’s the beginning of a reverse 911 call put out by Spartanburg County Emergency Management at the request of Highway Patrol investigators.
“Mrs. Emma Taylor was struck by a dark in colored sedan,” the call continued. “The sedan left the scene traveling East and troopers are currently looking for it.”
Corporal Bill Rhyne tells 7News it’s a tool at their fingertips that reaches thousands of people. In this case, the call was strategically sent to all residents of Spartanburg County in hopes of generating new tips to find the person responsible for the death of Jesse Boyd Elementary’s beloved crossing guard.
“Many times when we deal with a hit-and-run, what we know is that the vehicle is from a close vacinity of where it took place… 5 to 10 miles of that area.” Rhyne told 7News.
While Highway Patrol actively pursues new avenues to identify a car and driver, the community is honor Taylor. She’s a finalist of American’s Favorite Crossing Guard.
“It would be wonderful for the family to take away,” said Georgianne Pate, a resident of Spartanburg. “Also for District 7, the school has been grieving.”
“We are not going to stop investigating this until we can bring this to closure. We oew that to the family,” Corporal Rhyne said.
Flowers and a cross now mark the spot where Taylor would greet students every morning and safely help them cross the road. A symbol of the love the community has for her.
“You cannot speak her name [in this] community, around the school district and in Spartanburg… and [someone] doesn’t have something wonderful to say about her.” Pate told 7News.
If you do get a call from Highway Patrol and want to ensure it’s real, you can dial *47 from your phone. That will direct you to their dispatchers, who will let you know if the call is legit.
If you want to vote for Taylor as American Favorite Crossing Guard CLICK HERE and type “Taylor” into the search bar above the pictures.