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Friends remember Viewmont High student killed while walking bike across street

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FARMINGTON — Friends and neighbors Wednesday remembered 16-year old Andrew Tolman, who was killed Tuesday night while walking his bike in a crosswalk, as hardworking, friendly and a "great" musician who played trumpet in the school band.

"I'm just so proud that I got to know him," said 15-year-old neighbor Jason Anderson. "Everyone that knew him would say the same thing: He loved everyone and everyone loved him."

Tolman was walking his bike south through a crosswalk on State Street and 400 West when he was hit by a westbound vehicle around 6 p.m. He suffered severe head trauma in the accident, Farmington Police Chief Wayne Hansen said, and died while was being transported by medical helicopter to University Hospital.

Tolman was a 4.0 student and earned his Eagle Scout award at age 15, said 19-year-old neighbor Bryan Anderson, who went to the nearby accident scene Tuesday night, not knowing the victim undergoing CPR was Tolman.

"Everyone knew that kid; everyone loved that kid," said another neighbor, Mike Pantle, 19. "So when we found out it was him, everyone was heartbroken."

Bryan Anderson went to Scout Camp many times with Tolman. "He was always the hardest worker there," he said. Tolman would get tents put up, fires started and food cooking before anyone else, he added. "He was just an amazing example."

It doesn't appear that the 29-year-old woman driving the SUV that struck Tolman was distracted or impaired, Hansen said. 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.

"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."

"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.

In honor of their friend and classmate, many Viewmont High School students dressed up to attend classes Wednesday.

Dressed in a black shirt and tie, 16-year-old Grant Whatcott remembers Tolman as a great musician and "really smart."

"It's really sad that his life ended so soon," Whatcott said. "He would have gone really far in life."

Fighting back emotions, he added: "I loved him. I'm really sad to have to see him gone. I wish I could have said good-bye."

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