Elizabeth United Methodist Church holds service for boy

ELIZABETH – A prayer vigil was held for Landon Taylor after the 7-year-old passed away from injuries from a Tuesday evening car wreck in Wood County.

Landon Taylor, 7, of Elizabeth passed away at 3:22 p.m. Wednesday at Charleston Area Medical Center after being involved in a car accident on Butcher Bend Road in Wood County Tuesday evening, said Sgt. B.A. Pickens with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

Taylor suffered from multiple traumatic injuries from the motor vehicle crash, Pickens said.

Twenty-eight members of the community attended a prayer vigil for Taylor at the Elizabeth United Methodist Church on Wednesday evening.

“Tonight our community is hurting as only a close-knit community like Elizabeth can hurt,” said the Rev. Lee Williams of the Elizabeth United Methodist Church.

Williams led the prayer vigil service that began at 9 p.m.

Williams led a quiet reading of three Bible passages, then invited the community to speak.

People present thanked Williams for allowing the use of the church and expressed their concerns not only for the Taylor family, but for the students, teachers and classmates of Taylor and his 6-year-old brother.

“At times of great strife, small communities like Wirt County bind together and love each other and support each other,” said Bo Wriston, director of emergency services for Wirt County.

Zachary Taylor, 29, of Elizabeth, the father of Landon Taylor and the 6-year-old involved in the accident, was transferred to Charleston Area Medical Center on Wednesday for treatment of injuries he sustained during Tuesday’s crash, Pickens said.

Zachary Taylor’s condition was unknown Wednesday evening.

Camden Clark Medical Center said the 6-year-old brother of Landon who was also involved in Tuesday’s wreck is in the hospital’s pediatric ward, said Sgt. B.A. Pickens with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

The 6-year-old brother’s name had not been released on Wednesday evening.

The 6-year-old was listed in good condition on Wednesday, said Tim Brunicardi, director of marketing and public affairs at Camden Clark Medical Center.

The vehicle Zachary Taylor was driving during Tuesday’s Butcher Bend Road accident came to rest approximately 75 feet from the roadway after striking at least two trees, said Capt. Rick Woodyard with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

Landon Taylor was taken by helicopter directly to CAMC after the accident, Woodyard said.

Zachary Taylor and his 6-year-old son were taken to CCMC by ambulance after the accident, said Woodyard.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is testing blood samples from Zachary Taylor taken shortly after the accident, Pickens said. The results of these tests are not expected back anytime soon, Pickens said.

The cause of the accident was unknown Wednesday evening. The incident remains under investigation, Pickens said.

A fund for the Taylor family has been set up at WesBanco Bank, said Kitty Cheuvront, friend of the Taylor family. Anyone wishing to make a contribution may do so at any WesBanco branch by asking to donate to the Landon Taylor fund, she said.