Bus Had Right of Way When Fatal West Hartford Crash Happened: Police

Police have not been able to determine whether sun glare was a factor.

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014  |  Updated 11:07 AM EDT
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Bus Had Right of Way When Fatal Crash Happened

West Hartford police have released additional information about a crash that killed a Kingswood Oxford teacher last month and it appears that the school bus her car collided with had the right of way.

Patricia Rosoff, 64, of West Hartford, was killed in the crash at Mountain Road and Boulevard on the morning of March 25.

She  was on her way to school when her car and a school bus carrying Conard High School students, police said. 

In a news release issued on the day of the crash, police said Rosoff was traveling east on Boulevard and the bus was traveling south on Mountain Road when the crash happened.

Police interviewed four witnesses, all of whom were traveling southbound behind the bus on Mountain Road, who said the traffic light was properly functioning and was green for Mountain Road traffic. 

Police said they could not determine whether the angle of the sun was a factor in the crash.

Investigators have found no mechanical issues or brake trouble with the school bus or Rosoff's Saab, no drugs or alcohol, and nothing to indicate why the vehicles collided.

There is no evidence of excessive speed and the traffic lights were functioning properly.

Police said they are continuing to investigate.

Rosoff taught art, art history, and English at Kingswood-Oxford School for 39 years. 

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