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BU Academy teacher hit, killed by school bus in Mattapan

"Through her work at BU Academy, she shaped the lives of hundreds of young people. She was a cherished member of our school community and will be deeply missed."

A woman walking her dog was fatally injured after being hit by a school bus Tuesday morning in Mattapan.

The victim was identified Tuesday evening as Boston University Academy English teacher Jennifer Formichelli, The Boston Globe reported

Boston police said it happened around 6:50 a.m. on Walk Hill Street near the intersection with Blue Hill Avenue. The victim was rushed to an undisclosed hospital and where she later died.

A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, told WBZ the woman appeared to be out walking her dog.

“I just heard the thud from the lady being hit, ran to my window, called 911. It was just sad seeing all that blood and her dog across the street. That’s how I kind of recognized who it was when I saw the dog,” she said.

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Boston University Academy shared a statement with the Globe regarding Formichelli’s death.

“The Boston University Academy community was profoundly shocked and saddened to learn of the loss of English teacher Dr. Jennifer Formichelli in a tragic accident early this morning,” the statement said. “Jennifer will be remembered as a thoughtful, highly intellectual scholar of English literature; a champion of social justice, deeply committed to equity and inclusion in and out of the classroom; a trusted advisor; a warm and loyal colleague and friend; and, most of all, an engaged and dedicated teacher who loved her students.

Boston University Academy English teacher Dr. Jennifer Formichelli. – (Boston University Academy)

“Through her work at BU Academy, she shaped the lives of hundreds of young people,” the statement continued. “She was a cherished member of our school community and will be deeply missed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Jennifer’s fiancé, Phil; her father, Carl; her brother, Greg; and to all her family, friends, and colleagues.”

The school bus and the driver are not with the Boston Public Schools system, and both have been located. Homicide detectives are investigating, police told the Globe.

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