Spartanburg family honors school crossing guard killed in hit-and-run


SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Wednesday was the anniversary of the hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of the beloved Jesse Boyd Elementary School crossing guard, Emma Taylor. 

Taylor’s daughter, Robin Robinson, said it is a day she will never forget.

“This day a year ago was the worst day that we could ever ever imagine,” Robins said. “I’m sad. I miss my mom.”

7 News was in court, this past January, when Robin Robinson came face-to-face with the man who hit her mother on October 30, 2018.

“I told Mr. Sullivan, Kenneth Sullivan, we forgive him,” Robin Robinson said.

She admits that she is still angry and hurt. But she said it is in God’s hands and it’s time to move on.

“Nothing will ever bring her back,” Robin Robinson said.

To honor her mother’s memory, Robin Robinson, her daughter, Taylor Robinson, family friend, Tori Billings, and Emma Taylor’s grandchildren passed out purple treat bags to Jesse Boyd students walking to school across Fernwood Glendale Road.

“We did not know these kids names. But I guarantee you, my mother knew every child by name,” Robin Robinson said.

Emma Taylor, known to the children as Miss Emma, was 72-years-old and had been a crossing guard for the elementary school for four years.

Robin Robinson said her great-grandmother, Taylor’s mother, was also been a crossing guard for more than 30 years.

Family stops to take a picture

Tori Billings, a mother of triplets, remembered how she and Miss Emma grew a relationship while she waited for her children each day after school.

“You don’t realize how much, just a few minutes a day, for four years really will add up to where you really do know someone,” Billings said.

After the accident, Billing’s children made Miss Emma cards. She took them up to the hospital, and from there began caring for the family.

“[Miss Emma] did that to me. So, I felt that it was an honor really to love on her family when they needed somebody most,” Billings said.

From the hospital, to the bond hearing, to the one year anniversary, Billings stood by the family’s side and they welcomed her.

Miss Emma’s granddaughter, Taylor Robinson, said she brought her children to help hand out the treat because it was important to honor their great-grandmother.

Memorial for Emma Taylor

“She died doing something that she loved. So, as long as we can keep her legacy on and do something to remember her. I’m okay with that,” Taylor Robinson said.

Which handing out nearly 50 bags filled with treats donated from Main Street Chick-fil-A, the family asked one question.

“‘You remember Miss Emma?’ and they were like ‘Yeah we remember Miss Emma!’ So, just to know that they love her and they knew that she loved them too. We got to do a small part of what she did for years,” Billings said.

Robin Robinson admitted that she could barely sleep the night before the anniversary. She said her excitement to honor her mother kept her up.

A memorial and bench is located near the cross walk where Miss Emma helped children cross, every day, for four years.

The family said they plan to bring treats the anniversary each year to continue to honor Miss Emma’s memory.

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