School community is left reeling as much loved teacher, 34, tragically dies in horror head-on smash
- Karen Mitchell, 34, died in a head-on crash in Glenorie, Sydney, on Monday
- Arndell Anglican College, where she taught science, learnt the news on Tuesday
- Officers from the Metropolitan Investigation Unit are investigating the crash
A school community is in shock after a much loved teacher was tragically died in a head-on collision.
Arndell Anglican College students and staff woke to the devastating news science teacher Karen Mitchell, 34, died when she collided with a vehicle on Monday in Glenorie, in north-west Sydney.
Emergency crews arrived at Cattai Ridge Road at about, but Miss Mitchell could not be saved.
Arndell Anglican College students and staff woke to devastating news that science teacher Karen Mitchell (pictured), 34, passed away when she collided with a vehicle on Monday in Glenorie
Another 48-year-old male driver was flown to Westmead hospital with serious leg and internal injuries.
The woman had taught at the Oakville Anglican College since January 2017.
She had recently returned home from volunteer work with students in Fiji, where she helped run classes at St Christopher’s orphanage in Suva.
Principal Dr Gareth Leechman said the school’s thoughts and prayers were with the woman’s family and friends.
‘We wish to advise the college community of the sad passing of Miss Karen Mitchell who was involved in a fatal car accident on Cattai Ridge Road yesterday afternoon,’ he said in a statement to parents obtained by The Daily Telegraph.
‘Karen was a dedicated and caring science teacher and we know that the news of her passing will impact our staff and students greatly.
‘Students have been advised of Karen’s passing and our counselling team will be offering support to students and staff as they grieve the loss of their teacher and friend. This support will be made available throughout this week.’
Emergency crew arrived at Cattai Ridge Road (pictured) around 5pm, but Miss Mitchell could not be saved
A NSW Police spokesperson said officers from The Hills police attended the scene.
‘Officers from the Metropolitan Investigation Unit will investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash and prepare a brief for the coroner,’ they said.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash, or have dash-cam vision, should contact police via Crime Stoppers.