Sarah Dinell of Gilbert, who had spent more than a year teaching children in South Korea, was killed in a hit-and-run accident there Sunday, police said.
Dinell, a 2015 Arizona State University graduate, was an English teacher at a local elementary school through EPIK (English Program in Korea).
She was walking about 9:44 p.m. Sunday when struck by a hit-and-run driver in Ulsan, a seaside city in the southeast part of the country, according to the Ulsan Police Department.
She was taken to Ulsan University Hospital, where she died about an hour later, police said.
Ulsan police said the driver, who was found about an hour after the accident, was believed to be impaired.
Steve Crane, director of Washington operations for ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said Dinell had worked as an education reporter for him in the spring of 2015 as a master’s-degree student.
“She wanted to give back more than you can with journalism,” Crane said, talking about Dinell’s teaching in South Korea. “Which kind of didn’t surprise me. She was kind of a person that was kind of full of life. She was always upbeat and laughing and keeping things light around here.
“She was just one of those people that you wanted to be around.”
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