Tallahassee, Florida -- A Lakeland woman who taught at a Tallahassee-area middle school was killed in a crash early Wednesday morning.
The Tallahassee Democrat reports 22-year-old Abby Meredith Fishburn died when her 1997 Ford Taurus collided head-on with a bus carrying 43 passengers around 3:22 a.m.
The driver of the bus, Johnny Brutus, 42, of Naples, received minor injuries and was taken to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.
Florida Highway Patrol crash investigator Trooper J.M. Beauford, said Fishburn's car was
traveling westbound into eastbound traffic. The car then collided with
the bus, which was heading eastbound.
Fishburn was a first-year teacher at Deerlake Middle School in Leon County. Deerlake principal Shane Syfrett said the entire school
has been made aware of teacher Abby Fishburn's death and counseling
services are available.
"She just graduated from college and was teaching sixth
and seventh grade science," Syfrett said about Fishburn. "She had a
fantastic rapport with her students. She was doing a great job. She will
be very sorely missed by students and faculty."
was one of three first-year teachers at Deerlake, Syfrett said. The
other two new teachers -- who were extremely close to Fishburn, Syfrett
said -- have been given the day off.
"They've taken this loss very hard," he said.
school memorial service has not been planned yet, Syfrett said. He
added the administration is waiting to see what Fishburn's family wants
before taking any action.
"(Fishburn) was well on her way
to a bright career, he said. "She was a great teacher. Very
enthusiastic, very creative with her students. She was very excited
about being here. She was one of those teachers who was all about
helping the kids learn."
Fishburn graduated from FSU's college of education in the Spring of
2012 with a bachelor's degree in social science education, according to
Amber Smalley, director of communications and alumni relations for the
college of education.
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