A teacher remained in critical condition Monday after being struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of RHAM Middle School in Hebron on Friday.
Police said it happened just after 7 a.m. Friday as students were arriving on school buses.
"I drove by and saw an ambulance down there and a few cop cars," said Andrew Burton, a RHAM High School junior.
Police said Dawn Mallory, a seventh-grade math teacher, was walking to the school from a parking lot when she was hit by a Honda Pilot SUV, which was driven by Elizabeth Everett.
Officials said she remained in critical condition Tuesday.
Police said Everett was dropping a child off at school when she noticed her vehicle was in a wrong area. She then backed up into Mallory.
Some parents and students told Eyewitness News that there are typically too many cars and buses in the area during the morning.
"I think there needs to be a few changes made," said Shawn Covell, a middle school parent. "Maybe some better crosswalks or something."
After the accident, RHAM Superintendent Robert Siminski said some changes could be made to parent drop-offs.
"We need to again re-examine the way parent drop offs are handled," Siminski said Friday night.
Mallory was rushed to Hartford Hospital by a medical helicopter, according to police.
School officials said no one else was hurt. Students were in class. Officials acknowledged that it was a tough morning for some of them.
Mallory has been a teacher for 31 years. Mallory loves teaching, neighbors said, and even helped out others after school.
"You can see it. She's up at the crack of dawn going from one job, then she teaches at Mitchell College at night," neighbor Donna Perry said. "My son goes to grad school and she helps me do the financial aid packets."
"I think the best thing I can say about her is she is a dedicated teacher who has the ability to work with students having difficulty with math," Siminski said.
Police said no charges have been filed yet, and are still investigating.
Family and friends have set up a fund for Mallory's recovery. That can be found here.
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