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Teacher Fatally Struck by SUV, School Bus, Officials Say

By  Aidan Gardiner and Ben Fractenberg | January 3, 2017 11:26am | Updated on January 3, 2017 5:38pm

BROOKLYN — A special education teacher was killed when an SUV driver knocked her into the path of a school bus Midwood Tuesday morning, officials said.

Hermanda Booker, 29, was trying to cross Nostrand Avenue at Kings Highway about 6:45 a.m. when the driver of a white SUV hit her, police said.

The collision knocked Booker into a school bus that was making a left onto Nostrand Avenue from the highway, police said. There were no children on board and the bus driver remained at the scene, officials said.

Police initially said the SUV driver fled, but later clarified that the driver remained on the scene and was not arrested.  

Booker began teaching at the Highland Park Community School on Ridgewood Avenue in September, Department of Education officials said. 

The teacher, who lived nearby on Avenue N, was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital, according to the NYPD.

DOE Chancellor Carmen Fariña said in a statement that she was "deeply saddened" by Booker's death. 

"My thoughts are with the school community, and we are providing additional support to the school’s students and staff during this difficult time," the chancellor added.