Boy, 4, killed after being hit by pickup truck

Vigil held for 4-year-old killed in Greenville crash

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 4-year old boy has died after being hit by a pickup truck in Greenville.

It happened just before 11:30am at the intersection of M-57 and M-91 (Washington and Lafayette Streets). The pick-up truck was making a left turn onto Washington Street, when the boy, identified as Talos Bills, started crossing the street on a scooter accompanied by a family member. Both the driver and the boy had the proper lights.

As the driver turned left, she hit the boy. Witnesses say the boy was hit hard and they knew he probably wouldn't survive. "He had a very traumatic head injury. It's a tragic situation. Our hearts go out to the family," said Michelle Bivins, who works nearby. She called 911 shortly after the boy was hit.

Other witnesses say the driver of the pickup truck did not stop after the impact.

"I left my truck in the middle of the street and ran after her," recalls Albert Lopez. "i hit her truck with my hand and told her she needed to stop, she just killed someone. She said she thought it was a speed bump. You mean to tell me you can't tell the difference between a speed bump and a human being?"

Greenville Police closed down the intersection for about two hours to reconstruct the scene.

"Typically, you would have to yield to the person in the crosswalk, but we're not sure what transpired. That's what our reconstruction team will have to come up with," says Sgt. Dennis Magirl of the Greenville Department of Public Safety.

Magirl says the driver is cooperating with the investigation, but so far she has not been ticketed or charged. She was driving on a suspended license.

Family members say the boy and a teenage relative were walking home after buying a donut in downtown Greenville.

"I've known Talos since he was a baby and he was a really good boy,"says his aunt, Vina Rivarda. "it's tearing me up so bad. I feel like my world is coming down."


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