A dedicated educator was killed in a car accident yesterday on I-40 just outside of Nashville. The educator was a 77-year-old retired teacher at Savannah, Tennessee’s Harbert Hills Academy. Although the educator was retired, he would still drive to Nashville to pick up packages and exchange students from the airport. The man was driving a Japanese exchange student back to Savannah, Tennessee at the time of the accident. The 14-year-old exchange student is expected to survive his personal injuries and was treated at Vanderbilt University.
The car accident happened when a 29-year-old pickup truck driver slammed into the back of the retired teacher’s Saturn sedan. The pickup truck driver said that he was unable to stop his car because his brakes stopped working. Police impounded the truck to test it for mechanical problems.
The man’s 72-year-old wife said that her husband was killed doing what he loved. She and her husband of 46 years both taught at the Seventh-day Adventist school where he served as a spiritual leader. “They were humble people, servants, very dedicated to this work,” the school principal said.
“We felt God call us to work with children, young people,” said the educator’s wife. “There were so many children we had adopted as family, and I feel really fortunately that we are all going to be surrounded by these young people as we mourn. It’s a real privilege we’ve had to be close to these children’s hearts.” She also added that she received calls throughout the day from students who said that her husband was a father figure to them.
Source: The Tennessean, “Educator devoted to small school dies in crash,” Nicole Young, Oct. 5, 2011