The woman hit by an SUV outside of J.P. Taravella High School Wednesday morning has been identified as assistant principal Lisa Pannazzo.
Coral Springs Mayor Skip Campbell confirmed that it was Pannazzo who was struck.
“Hopefully she’ll be all right,” Campbell told the Sun Sentinel.
The driver of the blue Infiniti SUV that hit Pannazzo, Marcelina Richter, 43, of Coral Springs, said she confused the gas and brake pedals when she noticed Pannazzo in the road and hit her.
Richter will not be cited for the crash, police said.
The crash happened in front of the school at 10600 Riverside Drive shortly after 7:30 a.m.
It was the third day of school and Pannazzo was directing traffic to help parents and others who were dropping students off at the start of the school day, police said.
Richter was driving south on Northwest 107th Avenue. She stopped at a stop sign at Riverside Drive after dropping her daughter off at the school, according to the crash report.
She told police she looked left, then right and started to make her turn. She looked both ways again but as she moved forward, she saw Pannazzo and was unable to stop in time, she told police.
“She was confused between her pedals, and while trying to apply her brake, [Pannazzo] rolled up on her hood, then back down and forward onto the ground as [the SUV] rolled over her and stopped on top of her,” Coral Springs Police Officer Eric Schuster wrote in the crash report.
Coral Springs Fire Department firefighters freed Pannazzo and she was taken by helicopter to North Broward Medical Center a hospital with injuries described as not life-threatening.
Though police indicated Richter, whose SUV was traveling an estimated 8 mph, failed to see Pannazzo, investigators also noted that Pannazzo was in the road without wearing high visibility gear and that there was an “extreme amount of vehicular and pedestrian traffic” in the area.
Tracy Clark, Chief Public Information Officer for Broward County Public Schools, issued a statement saying the district’s thoughts and prayers are with Pannazzo.
“District and school staff are focused on ensuring the employee and employee’s family have the support they need during this difficult time and throughout the recovery process,” the statement read.
Counselors are being made available to help staff and students at the school.
Staff writer Lisa J Huriash and staff photographer Joe Cavaretta contributed to this report.
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