Pedestrian killed in crosswalk ID'd as 50-year-old school teacher
SILVERDALE, Wash. - A pedestrian hit and killed while attempting to cross the street has been identified as a 50-year-old school teacher.
Amy Higgins was a teacher at Emerald Heights Elementary School, David Beil with the Central Kitsap School District says.
Police say Higgins was out for a jog and attempted to cross the street in a marked crosswalk when she was hit. She died on scene.
Investigators say the area was dark. Higgins was wearing a reflective vest and carrying a flashlight, the Sheriff's Office said.
The vehicle's driver voluntarily agreed to provide a blood sample for a toxicology test. Results are pending. No one else was injured in the crash.
A growing number of flower bouquets, balloons, and heartbreaking messages now honor Higgins near the intersection where she was killed.
"I've been really upset, and I've been crying the last few days," said Emerald Heights Elementary School student Israel Lamas.
Higgins was Lamas' favorite teacher, he said. He had her for second grade 3 years ago. They last saw each other for an hour on Thursday when he needed some help with math, he said.
"The last thing I heard her say was ‘See you tomorrow.’ And I didn’t see her the next day, and I was out wondering where she was. And I was like ‘Is she sick?’ And then I found out." Lamas said.
Lamas, 11, plans to write a letter about Higgins to give to her family, he said.
He hopes they realize how much of an impact she had on every life she touched over the years, including his.
"She wouldn’t be mean. She wasn’t mean. She was extremely nice," he said.
The county's forensic pathologist will perform an autopsy on Higgins' body on Monday.