July 1, 2016


Police: Charges unlikely against driver who struck Franklin Elementary teacher

ELYRIA — The driver who struck a teacher near Franklin Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon likely will not be charged.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said it appears the driver, James E. Barker, 33, of 15th Street, was not at fault when he struck physical education teacher Diane Price outside the school.

“We don’t anticipate him being charged,” he said.

Price, 48, works at Franklin School as well as Westwood Middle School, according to the district’s website.

District spokeswoman Amy Higgins said Price was helping a student cross near the Birch Street parking lot area when a car made a turn and clipped her leg. Price was in the crosswalk.

She was taken to EMH Elyria Medical Center.

Higgins said Wednesday that the teacher was home recovering and in good spirits.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.

About Lisa Roberson

Lisa Roberson has been with the Chronicle since 2006, and covers Elyria city government and public education. She can be reached at 329-7121 or LRoberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter.