JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A beloved second-grade teacher at St. Rocco School is recovering after she was struck by a car Tuesday night.
Johnston Police Chief Mark Vieira told 12 News that around 6:40 p.m., a Nissan Rogue stopped to let Sister Daisy Kollamparampil cross Atwood Avenue in the crosswalk in front of St. Rocco Church.
A Dodge Durango then hit the Nissan, pushing it into Kollamparampil.
She was rushed to the hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries, according to Vieira.
Sister Daisy’s colleagues and students described her as one of the nicest people you could meet.
“Very kind, very sweet. Always helps us. She’s like my favorite,” sixth grader Amelia Orsini said.
Someone who knows that first hand is Vieira, whose child was in her class.
“I can tell you that she is instrumental in instilling values – moral, ethical values – discipline in her students that they carry with them for the rest of their life,” the chief said.
“I can tell you that she’s well-respected by her students and the faculty,” Viera added. “We’re wishing her a speedy recovery.”
Gina Hand, the school’s principal, and Fr. Angelo Carusi, the pastor of the parish, released a joint statement calling Sister Daisy an “invaluable part of the St. Rocco School and Parish community for 10 years.”
“She is loved by students and parents alike,” they wrote. “Right now, our hearts hurt for Sr. Daisy.”
“We are praying for Sister Daisy’s quick and full recovery,” they continued. “Sr. Daisy always says that when people pray together in numbers, it is the most powerful thing. The St. Rocco community asks for your prayers for Sr. Daisy tonight.”
Police said no criminal charges are being filed, but the driver of the Dodge is facing motor vehicle violations.