A University of Colorado Colorado Springs instructor died Friday night after being hit by a Jeep on State Highway 115 about 11 miles north of Penrose.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, Margaret Mistry, 75, had hit a deer and pulled off the west side of the highway shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Trooper Michael Tafoya said Mistry walked to the east side of the road to talk with another motorist who was also parked along the roadway. When she turned and walked back to her badly damaged vehicle, a 1997 Jeep Cherokee struck and killed her.
Mistry, a Penrose resident and instructor in the UCCS languages and cultures department, died at the scene, Tafoya said.
According to a report by UCCS student newspaper The Scribe, Mistry taught three Spanish courses and was a member of the college's languages and culture department. The Scribe said Mistry also worked as an advisor at UCCS Radio. The radio station's Hispanic Heritage Month Concert scheduled for Sept. 18 will be dedicated in Minstry's honor, the report said.
The Jeep Cherokee that struck the teacher was driven by 67-year-old Toni Gallardo of Florence. The State Patrol does not consider alcohol, drugs or speed to be factors in the crash. Tafoya said Saturday afternoon that Gallardo had not been cited because the crash was still under investigation.