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Keokuk teacher hit and killed by van

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Photo of Wrieden submitted by the school district. Photo of Wrieden submitted by the school district.
Iowa State Patrol at the scene of the incident several hours later. Iowa State Patrol at the scene of the incident several hours later.
A look at the 2500 block of Hilton Road. A look at the 2500 block of Hilton Road.
LEE COUNTY, Ia. (WGEM) -

A Keokuk elementary school teacher died early Tuesday morning after she was hit by a vehicle, school officials said.

Lee County Medical Examiner Bill Young said the crash happened in the 2500 block of Hilton Road, near Keokuk. He said the call came in at 6:22 a.m.

Young said the 46-year-old woman, identified by school officials as Kirsten Wrieden, was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported in the crash.

The crash report released late Tuesday afternoon stated Jason Marliere, 36, of Keokuk, was driving east on Hilton Road when he swerved to avoid a small animal. It stated Marliere told police he was looking to the right to "identify" the animal when he heard his vehicle strike an object.

The report stated his vehicle hit Wreiden, who was walking on the north shoulder of Hilton Road with an unidentified person.

School officials said Wrieden was a first grade teacher at Hawthorne Elementary.

Keokuk High School Principal Adam Magliari stated the following in a Facebook post:

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the sudden death of one of our staff members at Hawthorne Elementary. Mrs. Kirsten Wrieden, a 1st grade teacher at our school, was involved in a pedestrian/vehicle accident and passed away early this morning.

Additional support was made available today to meet with students who knew Mrs. Wrieden. We will continue to have additional support available in the upcoming days and weeks as needed. All of us at Keokuk High School extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Wrieden’s family and friends.

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