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Kansas middle school teacher fatally injured by a car

The emotional trauma following the sudden death of a spouse, child or parent often overshadows anything else for Pittsburg families. Unfortunately, the aftermath of a fatal accident also may create significant financial problems due to the loss of a wage earner's income. Moreover, the financial shortfall comes at a time when a family may be facing extraordinary expenses for funeral and medical costs.

A Kansas physical education teacher died recently after she was struck by a car near Newton. Harvey County authorities believe the 28-year-old woman was taking a late afternoon jog when she was critically injured. The pedestrian survived only for a short time following the collision. The driver, a 40-year-old Halstead resident, was uninjured.

The road where the middle school teacher was hit was not ideal for either pedestrians or bicyclists because it lacked wide shoulders. However, a sheriff's department representative stated that many joggers and bicyclists used the road just outside the city limits despite the presence of a lot of traffic.

The teacher's loss immediately was felt by her colleagues and the children she taught at Santa Fe 5/6 Center. The school principal said that the woman was a "vibrant" member of the teaching staff and well-liked by her students. She had recently obtained her master's degree and married less than a year ago.

A family's recovery from the pain and suffering following a tragedy like this depends on emotional as well as financial support. Kansas attorneys can help families of victims obtain compensation through insurance settlements as well as through lawsuits directed at negligent parties.

Source: The Wichita Eagle, "Woman killed in vehicle-pedestrian accident was Newton teacher" Matt Reidl, Jun. 04, 2014

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