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Field Station Preschool / Discovery Charter mourn death of teacher/coach Elizabeth Scott

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A teacher at the Field Station Cooperative Preschool who coached the run club at the Discovery Charter School has died after being struck by a car as she was jogging in Jackson Township, the Porter County Sheriff’s Office said.

The victim was identified as Elizabeth Scott, 38, of Porter.

According to police, at 2:07 p.m. Saturday Gabriel Davis, 18, of Chesterton, was westbound on C.R. 1200N in a 1979 Chevrolet Corvette when, while cresting a hill in the area of C.R. 370E, he observed Scott and another runner jogging eastbound in the westbound lanes, facing oncoming traffic. Davis then lost control of the Corvette and struck both of them, police said.

Scott was transported to Porter Regional Hospital and later to Christ Advocate Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill., where she later succumbed to her injuries. The other runner was treated at PRH for minor injuries, police said.

No citations were issued to Davis at the scene, Cpl. Jamie Erow told the Chesterton Tribune today, “due to the ongoing investigation by the Crash Reconstruction Team.”

Erow did say that alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the crash, although the Reconstruction Team is “investigating whether speed was a factor.”

Investigators’ findings will then be forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.

Dora Becker, whose son Nate was coached by Scott at the Discovery Charter School, told the Tribune that Scott will be profoundly missed. “It’s a huge loss to the community,” Becker said. “And not just to the Field Station but Discovery too. There are fourth-graders at Discovery who had her in pre-school and she’s very well loved. She sometimes subbed at Discovery and when she walked through the halls the kids would run up to her and hug her.”

Scott was an excellent coach as well, Becker said. “She was super engaging, friendly, inclusive. She knew the efforts and ability of all the kids and was really good at pulling them along, in their own way. That always impressed me.”

“It’s just shocking.”



Posted 1/25/2016




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