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Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Crossing guard dies of injuries suffered in Oct. 21 accident
By Milton Valencia, Globe Staff  
Marie Conley, the popular, fun-loving crossing guard who was hit by a car earlier this month outside a Dorchester elementary school, died today at Boston Medical Center. Marie Conley
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Marie Conley
The 58-year-year-old mother of four had been in critical condition since she was struck Oct. 21 by a 1995 Nissan Maxima outside the Mather Elementary School on Parish Street.

“All of us in the Boston public schools are extremely saddeneed by the loss of Marie Conley,” Carol R. Johnson, superintendent of the Boston schools, said in a statement. “She gave her life in service to the school children of Boston. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, and to the many families and staff at the Mather Elementary who are grieving as well. We will always be grateful for Mrs. Conley’s years of service ensuring the safety of our children.”

For eight years, Conley had forged a friendship with the children she shepherded across the street, presenting gummy bears during holidays and, when needed, staying with them long after her shift ended to wait for their parents.

Police have said they will seek criminal charges of homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle against Anis G. Cazeau, 86, the driver of the car. Police say Marie Conley was in full uniform with a reflective vest and standing in the middle of the crosswalk with her hand up to stop the oncoming car when she was hit.

Cazeau told the Globe a day after the accident that he was despondent and would never drive again. "I feel so bad. I feel so bad. I cry all night," he said in an interview outside his Dorchester home.

Despite his sorrow, Cazeau maintained the collision was not his fault, saying he never saw Conley step into the crosswalk. Previous Entry Next Entry go to all local news updates 1 comments so far... What a great person you must have been! I am sure you are in front of Heaven's Gates right now.

Reprinted from The Boston Globe of Wednesday, October 29, 2008.
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