SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – A San Francisco school community held a vigil Wednesday in honor of an educator tragically struck and killed by a motorist as he walked past the school last week. Meanwhile, many parents and school officials are calling for a change.
âI loved her and wanted to be in her class,â said Leola, a young student at Sherman Elementary School.
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The children lined up to remember and honor their beloved para teacher.
âI think he was a good spirit for everyone,â said Sheika, also a student at Sherman Elementary.
Wiping away the tears, friends and family held a candlelight vigil for Andrew Zieman, who attended Sherman Elementary School as a child.
“How lucky was Andrew to come to work every day in a place he loved?” And he was loved, âsaid Laura Zieman, Andrew’s aunt, at the vigil.
Flowers and posters cover this wall at the intersection of Franklin and Union streets, where the 30-something walked last Wednesday before being fatally struck. Police said the driver had since been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and running a red light.
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School leaders called on the city to make changes to make this area safer, saying it was a preventable tragedy.
âThe street is designed to encourage fast driving. They fly down this hill at the intersection. It’s dangerous, âsaid Marta Lindsey of Walk SF.
âI don’t want anyone else to be hurt at school,â said Logan, a student at Sherman Elementary School.
âThanks to our PTA, we have 30 years of correspondence with the city to make the streets safer,â said Helen Parker, principal of Sherman Elementary School.
Inside the school, students filled the hallways with loving images and notes.
âHe was a good soul. I’m heartbroken, âsaid student Alice.
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Richard Zieman, Andrew’s father, said his son’s ashes arrived on Wednesday. Hearing his son’s stories helps the family heal, he said.