CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (WDRB) -- A Charlestown Middle School teacher died Thursday in a car crash in Jeffersonville.

Christina Harvey, 51, was a teacher at the school for 15 years. She was pronounced dead at University Hospital just an hour after a crash at State Road 62 and Patrol Road.

"(She was) just an outstanding person,” Clark County Middle/High School teacher Mallory Terrel said. “I am still in shock, and I can't imagine the hurt and the pain and just the utter pain that is going to be felt."

Harvey was a seventh and eighth grade social studies teacher.

Terrel met Harvey a few years back when Terrel first started teaching.

“I am just incredibly heartbroken for her family, and I hope that I am giving justice to on behalf of family and friends,” she said. “I am sure I am nowhere near it, but I am certainly very sorry for their loss.”

“I always thought of her as a solid backbone type of teacher,” said Dr. Andrew Melin, Superintendent of Greater Clark County Schools.

Harvey was connected to the district in more ways than one. She was married to a school bus driver in the district, and she had a college-age daughter who grew up in the Clark County school system.

“The loss of a family member in that school family is extremely difficult,” Melin said.

When teachers and students walk back through the school doors in just two weeks for the start of the new school year, they'll miss someone who really made an impact on the district.

"(She was) the kind of teacher you could count on: highly responsible, highly respected, really kid-oriented. Just impactful,” Melin said.

School starts back at Charlestown Middle School on July 27.

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