Amity native, Sarah Foster, 27, a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Louis M. Klein Middle School in Westchester, was hit and killed by a home heating oil truck as she crossed the street near her home on Friday, Feb. 15 around 5:45 a.m.
The New York Post reported Foster was pulling a small suitcase and trying to cross at the intersection of East 37th Street and Third Avenue when she was struck.
Published accounts reported that the truck was making a left turn onto East 37th Street at the same time Foster attempted to cross while wearing headphones and a hood, according to police sources and witnesses.
After she was struck, Foster fell to the ground and responding EMS pronounced her dead at the scene.
The driver, identified as Steven McDermott, 51, remained at the scene and was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care, police said.
“Sarah was an extraordinarily warm, talented and dedicated young teacher,” school Superintendent Louis Wool said in a letter to the community. “During her time in Harrison, her contributions as a teacher, colleague, and coach were far-reaching. It will be Sarah’s enthusiasm and joy for learning and for life, evident in all that she did, that will remain with all of those she touched. We extend our deepest condolences to Sarah’s family.”
A former Woodbridge resident, Foster was popular in High School.
A former classmate shared this with Orange Live: “As a classmate, she was kind-hearted. Always willing to help anyone with anything. She was always smiling. A very intelligent and educated young lady. She was friends with everyone and everyone loved her.”