Teacher ID’d as bi­cy­clist killed in col­li­sion with car

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By AN­TO­NIO PLANAS ­— ­an­to­nio.planas@boston­her­ald.com

A teacher de­scribed as “one of the truly great peo­ple our school dis­trict has ever known” was iden­ti­fied yes­ter­day as the bi­cy­clist who was struck and killed by a ve­hi­cle Fri­day while rid­ing on Route 20 in Charl­ton, au­thor­i­ties said.

Charl­ton Mid­dle School teacher John Paire was the vic­tim of the 3:30 p.m. crash, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter sent to par­ents and fac­ulty mem­bers yes­ter­day by Dud­ley-Charl­ton Re­gional School Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Gregg J. Desto.

“By now, many of you are al­ready aware of the tragic news that we have lost one of the truly great peo­ple our school dis­trict has ever known,” Desto wrote. “John Paire, long­time ad­min­is­tra­tor at Dud­ley Mid­dle School, cur­rent teacher at Charl­ton Mid­dle School and a dear friend to many of us, was killed in a tragic ac­ci­dent while rid­ing his bi­cy­cle yes­ter­day. John was one of the true cham­pi­ons of the ‘stu­dents first’ phi­los­o­phy that per­me­ates our dis­trict. Ev­ery de­ci­sion he made was with the best in­ter­est of the kids in mind.”

In a state­ment on the depart­ment’s Face­book page, Charl­ton po­lice said the crash oc­curred near Stur­bridge and South Stur­bridge roads, just west of Route 169.

The driver of the car that hit Paire re­mained at the scene of the ac­ci­dent and is co­op­er­at­ing with in­ves­ti­ga­tors, po­lice said.

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