UPDATE: Teacher dies after being hit by car west of Newton

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NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — A teacher is dead after being hit by a car Tuesday afternoon west of Newton in Harvey County.

It happened around 4 p.m. Tuesday in the 2700 block of NW 12th Avenue. According to the Harvey County Sheriff's Office, a 28-year-old woman was hit by a westbound car.

The 40-year-old woman who was driving the car stopped, along with others who contacted 911. The victim was taken by Harvey County EMS to Newton Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

The Undersheriff said the driver's car and cell phone were taken. They have determined that the cell phone was not the cause of the accident.

"She was hand cranking the window to get it up. When she looked back, she noticed the pedestrian and it was too late for her to react. That's preliminary what we're finding right now," said Harvey County Undersheriff Todd Hanchett.

The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Crystal Stauffer of Newton. Stauffer was a physical education teacher at Santa Fe Middle School in Newton. She worked for the district since 2010 and was married last July.

Principal George Leary said the school district is discussing options for helping students, parents and teachers get grief counseling during the summer break.

The Sheriff's Office says the accident is still under investigation.

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