Beloved teacher killed in accident

Teenage suspect pleads not guilty
November 8, 2008 7:49:21 AM PST
A teenager driving an SUV under the influence of drugs slammed into two runners out for an evening jog, killing one of them - a beloved schoolteacher - and seriously injuring her friend, police said Friday. Shea Rosen, a 19-year-old from the exclusive village of Brookville on Long Island's "Gold Coast," was being held in lieu of $1 million bond after pleading not guilty at his arraignment. Rosen's attorney, former federal prosecutor Joseph Conway, declined to comment on the high bond amount, but said his client's family was unlikely to post it on Friday.

Rosen, who works as a busboy/waiter at a Huntington restaurant, had no prior criminal record, his lawyer and police said.

Amanda Malloy, a 29-year-old who taught fourth grade at John F.

Kennedy Intermediate School in Deer Park, was pronounced dead at a hospital after being run down at about 7:30 Thursday night.

Her running companion, Vincent Saunders, 32, of Huntington, was hospitalized and was not expected to survive, Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Avemaria Thompson said at Rosen's arraignment.

The prosecutor said police smelled marijuana on Rosen's breath following the accident on a busy stretch of Route 110 in Huntington.

More than 12 hours after the accident, Rosen's 2000 Dodge Durango remained at the accident scene, a lone woman's jogging sneaker on the pavement nearby.

Three unidentified pills were found in Rosen's sock, Thompson said. She said Rosen told police he didn't see the joggers in the road.

Rosen, whose Facebook page features a photo of him flipping his middle finger to the camera, was initially charged with driving under the influence of drugs, but the prosecutor said upgraded charges were likely.

Conway declined to comment on the charges, saying his office was still trying to ascertain what happened. "Our hearts, of course, go out to the victims' families," he said.

Malloy was described by her sister-in-law as a physical fitness enthusiast who often competed in triathlons and was an expert in the martial arts.

"Her life was exercising," said Christine MacQuarrie, who also taught at Kennedy intermediate school. "It is ironic that she died doing what she loved."

MacQuarrie said Saunders and Malloy were friends who attended the same karate school and shared the same interests in exercise.

She said some media reports indicated the pair were romantically involved, but said that was not the case. "She was a friend."

Deer Park School Superintendent Elizabeth Marino said in a statement that grief counselors were at the school for staff and students.

"As an expert in the martial arts, she took pride in sharing her knowledge with students through well-received assemblies," Marino said. "Amanda was loved and admired by her colleagues and students alike and highly respected by administration."

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