Heating oil truck plows into and kills teacher in Midtown, driver arrested: police

Heating oil truck plows into and kills teacher in Midtown, driver arrested: police
A 27-year-old woman was struck and killed by a truck on Third ave. near E. 37th St. in Midtown, officials said. (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)

A popular schoolteacher was killed when an oil truck plowed into her in Murray Hill Friday morning, police said.

Sarah Foster, 27, was crossing Third Ave. near E. 37th St. when she was struck just before 6 a.m., cops said.

She died at the scene, authorities said. A rolling suitcase and her purse were found a few feet away.

Driver Steven McDermott hit Foster with his Approved Oil truck as he turned onto Third Ave., cops said. Paid Post What Is This?

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McDermott stayed at the scene and waited for police.

“He didn’t even see her, “ said Miike Simmons, 60 of the Bronx, a doorman of a building at the intersection. “Her body was behind the truck and he had definitely run her over.”

“She was in his blind spot when he made the turn,” Simmons said. “She was so young. It was tough to see that in the morning or anytime.”

Sarah Foster, 27, was crossing Third Ave. near E. 37th St. when she was struck just before 6 a.m.

Foster was a sixth-grade social studies teacher at the Louis M. Klein Middle School in Harrison, Westchester County.

Principal Scott Fried sent a letter to parents alerting them to her death.

“Sarah was an extraordinarily warm, talented and dedicated young teacher,” Fried said as he offered counseling services to any students coming to grips with Foster’s death.

Longtime friends were stunned.

“(She was) 27 years old and I’ve known her for 27 years,” said family friend Richard Carpenos. “Her beautiful life was way too short, but so beautiful!”

“May your memory always be a blessing,” he said.

McDermott, 51, is charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care, police said