OSSIAN, Ind. (WANE) – The former Norwell and current Fort Wayne Community Schools teacher who was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle Sunday morning has died.
Scott Hanni, 38, died just after 4 p.m. Sunday at Lutheran Hospital, the Allen County Coroner’s Office confirmed to NewsChannel 15.
According to the Wells County Sheriff’s Office, Hanni was riding a bicycle northbound on County Road 100 East around 9:30 a.m. when they said Hanni rode into the intersection of County Road 1100 North and was struck by a Chevy Cruise driven by 20-year-old Jacob Burns, who was traveling westbound. Deputies said Burns was unable to avoid the collision with Hanni. Hanni was thrown from his bicycle due to the collision. They also noted that there is a brick school-house on the corner of the intersection that could have obstructed Burns’ view of Hanni. Deputies said there is not a stop sign on County Road 1100 North for traffic heading east or west.
He was taken from the scene in critical condition, and a Wells County dispatcher said Hanni remained in that state into the early evening.
Hanni taught at Norwell High School before moving to Miami Middle School to serve as a media specialist and technology coordinator.
Fort Wayne Community Schools spokeswoman Krista Stockman said just one day before his tragic death, Hanni served as a chaperone for the middle school’s Cedar Point trip.
“It was a kind of cold, miserable day but he was out there having fun with the kids,” Stockman said. ” That was just the kind of guy he was. He was always there for the kids.”
Hanni had only been at the school for three years, but was already loved by all the staff and students.
“He was always happy, always smiling, always looking on the bright side wanting to promote the things that kids were doing at Miami and looking for ways to showcase their successes,” Stockman said.
To help the students through this difficult time, some teachers are helping them reflect on Mr. Hanni’s life.
“The language arts teachers are asking students to write about their favorite memory of Mr. Hanni. They’re reminding the students to think about the positive things. To think about how he would want them to handle this kind of tragedy,” Stockman said.
The school also sent home a letter with students letting parents know about the situation and how to help with the grieving process.
The crash is still under investigation.