Hundreds mourn HV teacher killed by van

Posted: Updated:

Hundreds turned out today to mourn the death of a teacher who was killed last night when a van jumped a curb and struck her.

Police say Chanie Walfish, 57, was leaving the Ivy Palace Day Spa and Nails in Airmont when she was hit by a van driven by an employee, Gum Ju Sim.

Walfish was a special education teacher at Yeshiva Darchein Noam in Spring Valley.

Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, who is the dean of the school, said that she was a wonderful woman who loved teaching and her students loved her for it.

Many of her students wrote farewell notes to her that were read at her funeral.

Police say they are not planning to charge the driver in the incident.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."