A school crossing guard was fatally struck by a dump truck in New York City on Friday.
WABC-TV reports that Krystyna Naprawa, 63, was in the crosswalk at an intersection in Queens when she was hit by the truck as the driver was making a right turn just after 8 a.m., police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Naprawa worked as a crossing guard for 13 years.
Police charged the driver who struck her with failure to yield to a pedestrian.
NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban released a statement that the department is in mourning for the woman who dedicated her life to protecting the most vulnerable.
"Every school day, parents in the 102nd Precinct put their children's lives in SCG Naprawa's hands - and every day, she was there to keep them safe. This morning was no different, and SCG Naprawa's loss is a tragic reminder of the very real dangers our school crossing guards face in the performance of their duty. But despite these risks, she chose to put the safety of others above her own. And today, our hearts are heavy as we honor SCG Naprawa's service and never forget her unwavering commitment to her community. Please keep her family and loved ones in your prayers."
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