Pedestrian Hit by Car on I-91 in Wallingford Has Died: Police

A 56-year-old Meriden woman who was hit by a car on Interstate 91 North in Wallingford Wednesday night has died, according to state police.

The pedestrian, Sharon Ryan, of Meriden, suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash near exit 13 around 9:40 p.m. and she was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she died from her injuries, according to Connecticut State Police.

Ryan was trying to cross all three lanes of the highway when she was hit, according to state police. It is not clear why she was on the highway.

Anyone who witnessed the crash should call state police at 203-393-4200.

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Army veteran mom of 2 dies after being struck by car while trying to protect her kids, officials say


A parent was killed and three students were injured after they were struck by a vehicle backing out of its space in front of Tippin Elementary in west El Paso, Texas.
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School parking lot accident kills parent, injures students

A parent was killed and three students were injured after they were struck by a vehicle backing out of its space in front of Tippin Elementary in west El Paso, Texas.

A Texas mother was killed Monday when she was struck by a vehicle while trying to protect three children — including two of her own — on the first day of school, officials said.

Kharisma Ashlee James, who was an Iraq War veteran and a nurse, died in the tragic accident in the parking lot of Tippin Elementary School, El Paso Times reported. The 33-year-old was picking up her two children, ages 6 and 7, when a vehicle began accelerating toward them. James jumped in front of her two children and a 10-year-old, officials said.

“She was trying to get in front of the kids,” El Paso Independent School District spokesman Gustavo Reveles said, according to the report.

Kharisma Ashlee James, 33, was killed when she was struck by a car while trying to protect her children.

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A GoFundMe page was created to raise money for James’ children.

James was pronounced dead. The three children were also hit by the vehicle. El Paso Independent School District Police Chief Victor Araiza said Tuesday the children were in serious condition, but expected to survive.

Officials said the driver, 58-year-old Roger Hawking, was backing out of the parking lot when he accidentally hit the accelerator. They believe the driver, who was picking up his grandchildren, was “disoriented and confused” when the incident happened.

“We don’t know if the driver was having a medical issue. We just don’t know yet,” Araiza said.

The accident happened on the first day of the school year. Classes resumed Tuesday, with a makeshift memorial placed in the front of the building.

“It’s just unthinkable that on the first day of school that this is something the children will never forget,” Victoria Bruce, who knew James, told KFOX14 in an interview. “Walking into school, all of us, we don’t feel safe at a place. It shouldn’t have never happened.”

Before her death, James worked as an operating room/surgery nurse at Hospitals of Providence. The single mother served in the Army for eight years and had planned to stay there long term. But her plans changed when she became pregnant with her first child, according to a blog post on Women’s Fund of El Paso. 

“I learned from a close friend that the woman that died was my friend, and she had passed away in protecting her children,” Bruce said. “The mom was a single mom who loved her babies. I hope the community comes around.”

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

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CHANGE TO MOVE OVER LAW IN TENNESSEE GOES INTO EFFECT JULY 1

A change to an important Tennessee law is going into effect this weekend before the busy travel holiday. Currently, the law requires drivers to move over when they see emergency lights like red lights on a fire truck, blue lights for a police officer or orange lights on a Tennessee Department of Transportation truck. Starting on July 1, 2017 drivers will have to move over for anyone with their hazard lights on, including regular drivers on the side of the roadway. Tennessee became the 30th state in the country to adopt a Move Over law several years ago. The maximum fine for violating the law is $500 or 30 days in jail.

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Mother struck, killed by car while trying to save students outside Texas elementary school

When a car careened toward a mother and students outside a Texas elementary school, she put herself in front of the children before being struck and killed, according to the school district.

Kharisma James and three students were struck by a driver who had apparently hit the accelerator instead of the brake by accident in the parking lot of Tippin Elementary School Monday afternoon, according to the El Paso Independent School District.

As the car headed forward, James stepped in front of the three children and took the brunt of the hit, witnesses reported, according to school district spokesman Gustavo Reveles.

James died at the scene, the district said, and the three injured students were taken to hospitals. James’ relationship to the injured children was unclear.

PHOTO: A mother was struck and killed by a car while trying to save students outside an elementary school in El Paso, Texas, Aug. 13, 2018.KVIA
A mother was struck and killed by a car while trying to save students outside an elementary school in El Paso, Texas, Aug. 13, 2018.

PHOTO: A mother was struck and killed by a car while trying to save students outside an elementary school in El Paso, Texas, Aug. 13, 2018.KVIA
A mother was struck and killed by a car while trying to save students outside an elementary school in El Paso, Texas, Aug. 13, 2018.

James, 33, was a nurse with The Hospitals of Providence.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend, Kharisma James,” Nicholas Tejeda, market CEO of The Hospitals of Providence, said in a statement. “This is a tragic loss for our THOP family. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”

James had attended the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing in El Paso and graduated in 2017, a school spokesperson said.

James’ family declined to immediately provide a comment to ABC News.

Reveles called the elementary school and district “a tight-knit community and one that takes care of its own, especially the children.”

“We’re saddened by the event but not surprised that someone would sacrifice themselves in this manner,” he told ABC News Tuesday.

The children were listed in varying conditions, including critical but stable, Reveles said.

PHOTO: A mother was struck and killed by a car while trying to save students outside an elementary school in El Paso, Texas, Aug. 13, 2018.KVIA
A mother was struck and killed by a car while trying to save students outside an elementary school in El Paso, Texas, Aug. 13, 2018.

Counselors responded to the scene to help students and staff who witnessed the accident, the district said, and the driver was taken into custody, but it’s unclear whether charges have been filed.

The school district called it a “tragic accident.”

“At times like this, students process grief in many ways,” the school district said in a statement, adding that counselors will be available at the school Tuesday.

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Coroner: Alcohol a factor as lawn mower rider struck, killed

A man on a riding mower was struck by a car and killed early Sunday in Anderson County.

Jeffrey Todd Cooley, 28, was identified as the driver of the mower, said Don McCown, deputy Anderson County coroner.

McCown said alcohol was a factor in the wreck, which happened around 6 a.m.

Cooley was several miles from his home, McCown said.

The wreck happened on Belton Honea Path Highway (US 178 East) near Hamby Road.

The Troy-Bilt riding mower appeared to have been stopped in the roadway, said Trooper Gary Miller of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

It was struck by a 2007 Ford Fusion, Miller said.

The driver and passenger of the car were each transported by EMS for their injuries, Miller said. The driver is a 29-year-old Calhoun Falls man, Miller said.

Other news: Anderson County sex offender in custody after vehicle chase, manhunt in Pelzer

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GEORGIA SHOOTING INVESTIGATION: GBI investigating after …

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    Aaron Diamant
    , Carol Sbarge

    Updated: Aug 13, 2018 – 8:49 PM



CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting after a driver pinned an officer with her car. 

The shooting happened in the 1000 block of Marceau Drive in Conley Monday morning, according to the GBI and Clayton County police. 

Witness Oloye Ajanaku told Channel 2‘s Carol Sbarge he came home to the subdivision around 1:30 a.m. and saw a group of young people hanging out on Marceau Drive.

“I said, ‘OK, wow, they should be home.’ So I came on in. They were acting suspicious,” Ajanaku said.

Another neighbor called 911 to report that the people hanging out on the street were fighting. 

Clayton County police say when they got there, a woman got in her car and backed into an officer, pinning him against his patrol car.

Investigators say that’s when another police officer fired at the woman’s car. The officer who was hit suffered a broken leg and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. 


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As is customary with officer-involved shootings, the Clayton County Police Department requested the GBI’s assistance. 

Channel 2 investigative reporter Aaron Diamant saw investigators at the scene just after 11 a.m.

The GBI said the suspect’s vehicle was found about a mile away, but she has not been found.

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Fish and Game officer hit by OHRV driven by a youth in Derry

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader


August 12. 2018 9:01PM


DERRY — New Hampshire Fish and Game officials say a conservation officer was injured Sunday in Derry after being hit by an off-highway recreational vehicle driven by a youth.

According to New Hampshire Fish and Game Lt. Adam Cheney, a conservation officer — whose name was not released Sunday — stopped a group of people driving OHRVs on a trail off Morrison Road in Derry around 3:30 p.m.

According to Cheney, as the conservation officer was getting off his trail bike, one of the OHRV drivers, identified as a minor, attempted to drive off, hitting the conservation officer with his OHRV.

The officer was transported by ambulance to Parkland Medical Center in Derry with non-life-threatening injuries.

The accident remains under investigation by Derry police.

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Fish and Game officer hit by OHRV driven by a youth in Derry

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader


August 12. 2018 9:01PM


DERRY — New Hampshire Fish and Game officials say a conservation officer was injured Sunday in Derry after being hit by an off-highway recreational vehicle driven by a youth.

According to New Hampshire Fish and Game Lt. Adam Cheney, a conservation officer — whose name was not released Sunday — stopped a group of people driving OHRVs on a trail off Morrison Road in Derry around 3:30 p.m.

According to Cheney, as the conservation officer was getting off his trail bike, one of the OHRV drivers, identified as a minor, attempted to drive off, hitting the conservation officer with his OHRV.

The officer was transported by ambulance to Parkland Medical Center in Derry with non-life-threatening injuries.

The accident remains under investigation by Derry police.

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Derry

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