Ventura Educator Killed After Being Struck by Suspected DUI Driver - NBC Southern California

Ventura Educator Killed After Being Struck by Suspected DUI Driver

The victim was an assistant principal, teacher and water polo coach who was also hearing-impaired.



    A suspected drunken driver hit and killed a Ventura high school assistant principal who was jogging Sunday morning. Ted Chen reports from Ventura for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014. (Published Monday, April 7, 2014)

    A memorial continued to grow Monday in honor of a 38-year-old Ventura educator who was fatally struck by a suspected DUI driver while jogging Sunday night.

    Christopher Prewitt, a father and husband who was an assistant principal at the De Anza Academy of Technology and Arts, died after a car driven by 23-year-old Shante Chappell allegedly made an unsafe turning maneuver and hit him as he was jogging n Victoria Avenue.

    Prewitt taught social studies at Foothill Technology High School and also coached girls’ water polo at Buena High School.

    "Chris was an impressive person just to begin with and I don't really think it had anything to do with his being hearing-impaired. He was just a positive, happy person and he approached life that way," Ventura Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Joe Richards said. "I will continue to be positive, even in the light of this tragic situation. I think that's what Chris would want."

    Counselors were made available to students and staff at the De Anza Academy of Technology and Arts.

    Chappell was arrested for vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence. She is expected to appear in court Friday.

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