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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
of Elijah Coleman are reaching out to his family to help cover funeral
had autism, and ran onto I-75 last week when he was struck and killed by a hit
and run driver. A memorial has been set up at I-75, and faculty at the Autistic
Academy in Toledo, where Elijah went to school, have set up a fund at
Huntington Bank for donations.
function as a community, so we want to help all of our families out as much as
we can," said Principal Mark Lafferty.
death struck a nerve for those who knew him. His family had an extensive
security system installed to keep him from wandering off, but the day Elijah
was hit, the system had been left off.
felt like I was in a nightmare, because it didn't hit me until Monday when I
cleaned out his locker," said Elijah's teacher Kylie Goebel. "He knew how to
make your day. His smile was contagious. He would have a burst of laughter."