Lynn elementary teacher arrested and held without bail
LYNN, Mass. (WHDH)-- Lynn elementary school teacher Kimberly English stood before a judge in handcuffs on Wednesday after being arrested in Swampscott Tuesday night. English was charged with running over her ex-husband’s girlfriend who was standing on the sidewalk.
“They observed the victim in this case, Anna Champagne lying on the curb. Her legs were on the sidewalk, her upper torso and head were in the gutter,” said Ellen Bellavia, prosecutor.
The woman who was hurt was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. English, a mother of two, was arrested at her home. Her kids live with their father.
Neighbors who heard the crash say it happened in a split second.
“In a few sends, yes. I mean, we heard this car and we heard her screaming and that was just a few seconds,” said Donna Cavanaugh who helped the victim.
Prosecutors say English’s ex-husband has a restraining order out on her. Court documents show he says she threatened to ‘ruin me and mess me up’ and ‘threatened to kill friends of mine.’
The 49-year-old educator has been a special needs teacher at the Ingalls School in Lynn for two years, and has been a teacher in the city since 2005.
English is now on administrative leave after her arrest.
“I think that's crazy. I don't think that's good at all. It makes me worried. I know that he's safe in this school,” said Michelle Lavoie, concerned parent.
English is being without bail right now, but will be back in the courtroom next week for a dangerousness hearing.