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FARMINGTON — Police have identified a 16-year-old Farmington boy who was killed Tuesday night while walking his bike in a crosswalk.

Andrew Tolman, 16, of Farmington, suffered severe head trauma after being hit near 400 West and State Street, Farmington Police Chief Wayne Hansen said. He was being transported by medical helicopter to University Hospital when he died.

Fire crews respond to the scene at 400 W. State Street in Farmington, where Andrew Tolman, 16, was hit and killed Tuesday, March 27, 2012, while walking his bike across a crosswalk.
Fire crews respond to the scene at 400 W. State Street in Farmington, where Andrew Tolman, 16, was hit and killed Tuesday, March 27, 2012, while walking his bike across a crosswalk.

Viewmont High School officials confirmed the teenager was a student at the school. Students there spent Wednesday remembering and honoring Tolman.

"I'm just proud that I got to know him, that I was his friend," said friend Jason Anderson, "and anyone that knew him would say the same thing."

"He's basically, being part of the band, part of our family," said classmate Emma Steed. "It's been really hard for all of us.

Police say Tolman was walking his bike south through a crosswalk on State Street when he was hit by a westbound vehicle around 6 p.m.

"It appears glare from the sun may be a factor in this," Hansen said. "We're working to determine how much of that comes in to play."


It appears glare from the sun may be a factor in this. We're working to determine how much of that comes in to play.

–Farmington Police Chief Wayne Hansen


It does not currently appear that the 29-year-old woman driving the SUV that struck Tolman was distracted or impaired. No citations have been issued and the case will be turned over to the Davis County Attorney's Office once the police investigation is complete.

"At this point, what it lined up to be is a set of circumstances that came together in a horrible accident," Hansen said.

He said the woman, who was uninjured, also appeared to be driving within the 35 mph speed limit.

Contributing: Shara Park

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