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Car crash kills teacher, will be missed by community

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents on Thursday, December 20, 2012

The death of a 54-year-old woman has many upset. The woman was a teacher at Santa Fe Public Schools for 23 years before a fatal car accident took her life. According to reports, there was no alcohol involved in the incident - it was a matter of poor road conditions. The 54-year-old teacher had left for a six-hour drive to Juárez, Mexico, where she was taking Christmas presents for underprivileged kids that had been collected by her church. She was killed during the return trip.

An official from the New Mexico State Police confirmed the woman's death and reported that the collision had occurred on Interstate 25 around 6:45 p.m. She was just north of the exit for La Cienega, New Mexico, on the highway when she lost control of her vehicle. The car slid off the road and collided with a barrier wall. After this initial crash, her car rolled onto the highway and came to rest in the middle of the northbound lanes.

The driver of a 2003 Chevy truck realized that there was a disabled vehicle in the road, but it was too late. He was unable to stop in time and struck the car. The 54-year-old woman died at the scene. She had taught third grade for the past 16 years.

According to her loved ones, she was a giving individual that lived what she believed. She was a leader among the community's teachers and her death will have an effect on the entire community. When she was not teaching, she exercised and operated a Jazzercise studio in Santa Fe. She never married nor had children, but her sisters, who became teachers after she did, said that she treated her students as her kids.

She was the youngest of her sisters and taught in schools located in Carlsbad, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Deming, New Mexico. Counseling will be available for students if they need help coping with her passing. According to reports, many of her students did exceptionally well in reading.

Source: Las Cruces Sun-News, "Victim of fatal I-25 car crash taught in Deming," Nico Roesler, Dec. 11, 2012