Brother of Baldwinsville teacher killed in crash remembers her ‘kindness and warm heart'

Published 04/25 2014 05:16PM

Updated 04/25 2014 11:27PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The brother of a young mom and Baldwinsville Central School District Teacher killed in an accident on I-690 Thursday is remembering his sister's life.

State Police say tickets are pending after the crash that killed 33-year-old Jennifer Miles.

Troopers say she was driving west on I-690 near Jones Road when a tire came off a boat trailer, bounced across the highway and went through the windshield of her SUV.

Jennifer's oldest brother Michael Laquidari saw her over the weekend as the family spent Easter together.

“Family got together at her place, had a nice dinner," Michael said. "Definitely did not expect this to be the last time I’d ever see her again."

Jennifer’s one-year-old son Logan - along with a four-year-old boy she was babysitting - was in the back seat of her car on Thursday during the crash. Both survived with minor injuries.

Michael said Jennifer loved her family and she loved her job as a fourth grade teacher at McNamara Elementary. He said Jennifer always dreamt of becoming a teacher to inspire children and that's exactly what she did.

"She was everything. Everything a good person can be," Michael said. “Remember her for all the good she did. Remember her for her kindness and warm heart."

An empty school symbolized a sad day in Baldwinsville. While McNamara Elementary is closed for spring break, parents say it will be a difficult return for students and teachers when school is back in session next week.

The Baldwinsville Central School District Superintendent says Miles was one of the most dedicated teachers in the district.

"We want to bring them to school, bring some type of normalcy to their lives. They're so young, but we'll have counselors on hand for anyone who needs that," Superintendent Jeanne Dangle.

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