DUBLIN, Calif. - Dublin Unified School District's board trustee was killed on Wednesday when she became pinned between two vehicles at Fallon Middle School, officials say.
Catherine Kuo, 48, a mother of two children and a well-known member of the community, was volunteering at a food drive on campus at the time of the accident.
Police responded to the school located at 3601 Kohnen Way at 11:45 a.m. on a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. When they arrived they discovered she was standing at the rear of a vehicle when another vehicle struck her from behind when she became pinned.
Paramedics and the fire department provided treatment before she was transported to Eden Medical Center for her injuries.
Police said drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash.
With permission from Kuo's family, Dublin schools interim Superintendent Daniel R. Moirao released a heartfelt statement expressing grief after learning Kuo succumbed to her injuries.
"Our heart goes out to Catherine’s family and friends. We can’t begin to fathom the impact of this loss to you. She dedicated so much of her heart, soul, and time to our community. Catherine had a lightness about her, a comforting manner that helped people feel at ease. She was friendly, nurturing, kind, and generous. We were lucky to have known her and will miss her more than words can express," Moirao's statement read.
Kuo was described as a "loving wife" and "dedicated community member."
The school district plans to support staff and students in light of the great tragedy they have experienced. They included information for crisis support lines and grief counseling services for anyone in need.
Friends have organized a GoFundMe for her husband and two children.