NEWTON, Kan. -

The Harvey County Sheriff's Office has released more information about an accident that killed a Newton teacher.

A Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said the driver was rolling up her hand-crank window, after passing motorists kicked up dust, by the time she looked up it was too late to stop. She hit 28-year-old Crystal Stauffer. Stauffer was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Stauffer was a P.E. teacher at Santa Fe Middle School in Newton.

Investigators have ruled the case as accidental. No charges will be filed at this time.


A 28-year-old Newton teacher has died after being hit by a car Tuesday afternoon.

The Harvey County Sheriff's Office says crews were called to the area of NW 12th between West and Meridian at around 4:00 pm.

EMS found Crystal Stauffer, who had been struck by a car. Stauffer was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Stauffer was a PE teacher at Santa Fe Middle School. She had just finished her 4th year there.

"I wish you would have met her, she had a very infectious smile," said Sante Fe Middle School Principal George Leary. "A young vivacious teacher, great smile, loved kids, she was the total package."

Stauffer and her husband, Andrew, married last July. Both were active members of Newton Christian Church.

"The joy that was in Crystal's eyes when she would see Andrew and watch him play," said Newton Christian Church Pastor Doug Ingmire. "She would just stare at him when he was playing the base, she would enjoy their time together."

The driver, a 40-year-old woman from Halstead, was not hurt.

The accident remains under investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.