WEST ORANGE, NJ - Washington Elementary School first-grade teacher Patricia Villarosa, 64, of West Orange, died on Friday at University Hospital after being struck by a car on Pleasant Valley Way on Feb. 26.

Villarosa was on her way to the West Orange Board of Education meeting at the time and was struck while crossing Pleasant Valley Way near West Orange High School. The driver, a 55-year-old West Orange man, remained at the scene.

Superintendent Jeff Rutzky released the following statement to faculty and staff on Friday afternoon:

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"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague, Patricia Villarosa. She passed this morning at University Hospital in Newark surrounded by her family. Patty worked at Washington Elementary School for more than 20 years. Please keep Patty's family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers."

Information will be available once arrangements have been finalized.