A popular third grade teacher at Forest Ave. Elementary School in Middletown was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Somerset Tuesday night.
Shortly before 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday night third grade teacher, Kerrie Harrison and her husband Tracey, were walking down Lepes Road when they were struck by a black Ford Explorer. The SUV then took off, leaving behind a key piece of evidence, a license plate.
Police responded to the scene to find Kerrie lying in the road, not breathing. She was transported to Charlton Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Tracey Harrison suffered non-life threatening injuries. Tracey Harrison told police that the two were walking on the side of the road in the direction of traffic when the vehicle struck them from behind.
Police traced the license plate back to a 2005 ford Explorer registered to Adam Cooper of Somerset. Police went to Cooper's home and told his father they needed to get in touch with him.
Cooper turned himself in at the police station. He said he did not take any drugs, or drinks but admitted he smoked marijuana six hours earlier. He had no problem performing field sobriety test when asked. Cooper was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident; Death Resulting. He was arraigned in Fall River District Court this morning.
Friends and neighbors say the accident is a shock... in an area that's heavily traveled by locals.
"My wife walks that street all the time with my dog, I walk
that street with my dog, I ride my bike with the kids on that road, and people
live here and they don't expect to be mowed down by idiots," said Daniel Colbert, who lives in the area.
Superintendent of Middletown Schools Rosemarie Kraeger said she got the call early this morning. Counselors and social workers were on hand at the school this morning. A message was sent out to all parents of students at the school and parents of students in Mrs.Harrison's class received a personal phone call.
Kraeger said in the coming days the school may host some type of memorial for Mrs. Harrison.
Harrison is survived by her husband and 6 year old daughter.
This is the second hit-and-run incident this year. Over the summer a 65-year-old man in a wheelchair was killed by a hit-and-run driver.