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Teacher struck and killed by school bus in Mattapan

BU Today reports the death of Jennifer Formichelli, an English teacher at Boston University Academy, around 7 a.m. Tuesday at Blue Hill Avenue and Walk Hill Street.

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The loss of Dr. Formichelli (adamg - consider updating your post to reflect her title) is clearly a huge loss to her students, school, and the City of Boston.

Miraculously, both her dogs were unharmed and were taken to the City of Boston Animal Shelter. Both have since been released to an immediate family member.

RIP.

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What a time to focus on minutiae like what degree someone who just died had.

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A parenthetical comment suggesting including her title in a mention of her name is hardly "focusing on" it.

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… but she was struck and killed by a driver. It displaces responsibility from drivers when the blame is put on the vehicle rather than the person operating it.

How terrible for her friends, family, colleagues and students!

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But if the driver got out and struck her with his or her fists, sure, but that which struck her was a school bus. As far as responsibility, I assume you have shared your eyewitness account with the authorities, right?

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Nope, you are wrong. Headlines didn’t say JFK killed by bullet. Vehicles don’t drive around without someone behind the wheel. It takes a driver for a vehicle to kill someone and it’s time to hold drivers more accountable.

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As long as you aren't a conspiracy theorist, you'd accept that JFK was killed when he was struck by a bullet fired from a rifle by Lee Harvey Oswald. No one says the Kennedy was killed when he was struck by Lee Harvey Oswald. To say that Lee Harvey Oswald killed Kennedy (if you accept the Warren Commission findings) is correct, but Oswald did not strike Kennedy, the bullet did.

But firing a rifle is quite different from driving children to school. Are you saying that driving children to school is somehow akin to shooting firearms?

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You don't think anyone with more than two functioning brain cells understands that someone was driving the bus which killed this poor woman?

The part which makes me angry is that apparently the driver did not stop after striking Dr. Formichelli.

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The driver may not have known the bus contacted anyone, OBTW, he may not be the cause the mishap. Let's have a review of the facts.

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Particularly when we're talking about large vehicles, the "struck by vehicle" narrative does tend to make people think of the situation as similar to the victim walking into the path of a high-speed train, rather than considering that the vehicle was controlled by a human responsible for navigating safely in a space shared by motor vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists.

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That intersection is notoriously hard to cross (notorious among residents of Mattapan anyway). You have Walk Hill Street which has two lanes which are frequently used as three lanes. three lanes of traffic going down Blue Hill Avenue to Mattapan Square, three lanes going up Blue Hill Avenue towards Franklin Park, and two lanes feeding into Blue Hill Avenue from Babson Street.

I'm a full-time Boston pedestrian and that's one intersection that makes even me nervous crossing.

My condolences to her family and loved ones. RIP

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Is there a traffic light?

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