Valley teacher remembered, killed in car crash

A special education teacher was killed in a car crash last month. On Wednesday the school held a special ceremony in her honor.
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A special education teacher was killed in a car crash last month.
 
On Wednesday the school held a special ceremony in her honor.
 
Aja Calhoun was a special education teacher at Western Valley Elementary. 
 
She was a published author who passed her love of reading on to her students. 
 
Faculty and students remembered the 37-year-old by memorializing her with a special addition to the school's courtyard. 
 
Students at Western Valley Elementary planted a tree in her honor and shared fond memories.
 
Calhoun taught Special Education at Western Valley for two years. 
 
Her colleagues says she loved science fiction and road trips and always went the extra mile for her students. 
 
Calhoun and her best friend were killed in an auto accident outside Parker on September 24. A driver tried to illegally pass their car. Calhoun swerved to avoid the driver but crashed head on into a semi truck. 
 
"She was always just so full of life so friendly to everyone I cant recall an instance when she wasn't happy and just so approachable," said Marco Ruiz, principal of Western Valley Elementary.
 
Western Valley Elementary will start a scholarship fund in Asia Calhoun's name. 
 
In the meantime, DPS needs help finding the person who killed Calhoun and fled the scene. 
 
The driver was in a dark colored BMW on State Route 95 on Saturday, September 24.  
 
If anyone has any information they are asked to contact police.

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