Indian Land community shows support for family of child killed in accident

Community rallies around child killed in crash

INDIAN LAND, SC (WBTV) - Neighbors in Indian Land's Glen Laurel community are showing support for one of their own this week.

Seven-year-old Bryson McSweeney was killed after he was hit by a car while riding his bike Tuesday night. Troopers with the South Carolina State Highway Patrol say McSweeney wasn't wearing his helmet when he went through a stop sign and collided with the car. He was airlifted to the hospital and later died.

Since the tragic accident, neighbors have been offering their support for the family. They say it's an incident that hits home for everyone.

"Myself as a mother driving down that road every day, I could have either been easily the one that was driving the car or I could have easily been the mother who's kid was hit," said neighbor Kristina Goeke.

The neighbors have been actively sharing a GoFundMe page that has been set up to help raise money for McSweeney's family.  The community members say they are worried that medical bills and funeral expenses will be a burden to grieving loved ones.

"This is one way we can help to take away some of the pain from what this family is dealing with," said Goeke.

She said that neighbors will also be cooking meals for the family for the next few weeks. Goeke and her fellow neighbors said they aren't surprised at the outpouring of support for the McSweeney family.

"It's a wonderful community. It's a caring community. I've never seen such outpouring of people in all my life," said neighbor Anne Mclaughlin.

The neighbors said they are also showing support for the driver of the vehicle involved in the tragic accident.

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