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CMSD teacher struck, killed by dump truck while crossing intersection at East 21st and Chester

Lakeshore Intergenerational School
Posted at 11:50 AM, Nov 05, 2021

CLEVELAND — A teacher for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District was struck and killed by a dump truck as she crossed the street in a crosswalk zone on Wednesday, according to the Cleveland Division of Police.

At approximately 7:55 a.m., a 1998 Mack dump truck was stopped at a red light in the southbound lanes of East 21st Street at Chester Avenue, police said. A 33-year-old woman was standing at the northeast corner of the intersection.

The traffic signal turned green and the pedestrian crossing signal changed to the "Walk" sign.

As the 33-year-old woman walked in the roadway, she was struck by the dump truck, which was turning right.

The 33-year-old woman was knocked to the ground and the truck’s rear tires ran her over. She was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center where she died.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office identified the 33-year-old woman as Danielle Chronister, who was a teacher in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

A spokesperson for CMSD said Chronister was a teacher at MC2STEM High School, which has classrooms at the Great Lakes Science Center, Tri-C and Cleveland State University.

"This is a devastating loss for the school and community. The District has made extra supports available for students and staff as they try to cope with the tragedy," said a district spokesperson.

The 69-year-old driver of the dump truck was not injured.

News 5 has reached out to officials for more information.

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