DILLON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - An Horry Co. teenager was killed after being struck by a car on Highway 9 near Dillon Wednesday night.
Lance Corporal Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol says the pedestrian "darted out in front of the vehicle" that was traveling on Highway 9 just a mile and half outside of Dillon around 7:15 p.m.
The driver of the vehicle was uninjured, but the pedestrian was killed in the crash.
Dillon County Coroner Donnie Grimsley identified the victim as 15-year-old Triston Loomis. Grimsley says he died on the scene from bodily trauma.
Though Loomis resides in Aynor with his parents, he was in Dillon visiting his grandparents. Coroner Grimsley suggests he was just out walking when the crash occurred.
Loomis' parents tell WMBF News he was in the 9th grade attending the Academy of Technology and Academics.
They believe Triston was walking back to his grandparents house from a nearby store and may have been looking for something in his pocket when he stepped into the road.
Triston's mother Crystal Loomis says he liked to listen to music, skateboard and play football for the Aynor High School Junior Varsity team.
Triston was the oldest of four children, one younger brother and two younger sisters.
Crystal says she'll most miss his happy goofy personality, and how he was always willing to help someone out, always thought about other people before himself.
A viewing for Triston's family and friends will be hold Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Johnson's Funeral Home in Aynor.
Funeral services will be at Antioch Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday with burial immediately following at the Red Hill Cemetery in Mullins.
Collins says no charges are expected to filed but the crash remains under investigation.