WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A 64-year-old West Hartford woman was killed Tuesday morning when her car collided with a school bus.
Patricia Rosoff was cut from her vehicle and transported to UCONN Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, police said.
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The accident happened about 7:10 a.m. at the intersection of Boulevard and Mountain Road, which is controlled by a traffic light, police said.
The driver of the school bus and the 18 students on board were not injured, police said. The bus was headed to Conrad High School. A second school bus was called to transport the students.
Both the car and bus were heavily damaged and towed from the scene. Officers are working to determine the light cycle at the time of the accident, police said.
The West Hartford reconstruction team is investigating the fatal crash. Any witnesses are asked to call police at 860-523-5203.
The Kingswood Oxford School released the following statement regarding the death of Patricia Rosoff:
Patricia Rosoff, an artist and beloved teacher at Kingswood Oxford School, died on March 25 of injuries sustained in an auto accident on her way to work. She was 64 years old.
Rosoff, KO’s Academic Dean of Humanities, taught art and English at KO for 39 years; only one current teacher has been here longer than that. “She was a giant in our community, and her loss is incalculable,” said Head of School Dennis Bisgaard.
A native of California, Rosoff earned a BA in Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master’s Degree from the University of Hartford Art School. She taught a full range of arts classes at KO, including the enormously popular AP Art History. And, she was herself was an artist. Working in seemingly every medium, she was a painter, sculptor, quilter, printmaker, sketcher. She’d use every imaginable material – t-shirts, balloons, bits of yarn – in unimaginable ways, creating things of colorful and whimsical beauty.
“Pat was an artist in every sense of the word – an artist of color, words, people, and emotions,” said Natalie Demers, KO’s Assistant Head of School for Academic Life. “And, she was the ultimate student – she never wanted to stop learning new things! She truly epitomized lifelong learning. She is who anyone in education would aspire to be: She saw the good, and the potential, in everyone. We will miss her terribly.”
An art critic, Rosoff wrote often for the Hartford Advocate, Art New England, and Sculpture Magazine; a collection of her essays was published in 2012 in her book, “Innocent Eye: A Passionate Look at Contemporary Art.”
A resident of West Hartford, she is survived by her husband, Neil, their son Jared, daughter-in-law, Betsy, and their grandson Arlo, age 2 ½.