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Two charged in crash that killed Evesham teacher

Authorities charged two men today in a car crash that killed a South Jersey middle school teacher on her way to work Wednesday morning.

Driver Jose Luis Galindo-Sanchez (left) and his brother Lucio Galindo-Sanchez, who was a passenger in the vehicle, have been charged in the Wednesday crash that killed teacher Amy Voorhees.
Driver Jose Luis Galindo-Sanchez (left) and his brother Lucio Galindo-Sanchez, who was a passenger in the vehicle, have been charged in the Wednesday crash that killed teacher Amy Voorhees.Read more

Authorities charged two men today in a car crash that killed a South Jersey middle school teacher on her way to work Wednesday morning.

The two men, brothers and illegal immigrants from Mexico, were on their way to work at a sprinkler company in Medford when the crash occurred.

Amy Voorhees, 27, was killed at the scene. She taught seventh-grade language arts and coached softball at Francis F. DeMasi Middle School in Evesham Township.

Voorhees was driving to school when her car was broadsided about 7 a.m. near the intersection of Route 70 and Troth Road.

The two men in the pickup, Jose Luis Galindo-Sanchez, 26, and his brother, Lucio Galindo-Sanchez, are being held on an immigration detainer.

Jose Luis Galindo-Sanchez, who was the driver, told his brother to leave the scene, authorities said. The driver has been charged with hindering apprehension, obstruction of justice and witness tampering.

Police picked up his brother walking about a quarter- mile away from the accident. He is being held as a material witness.

Investigators have not determined if any laws were violated in the crash itself.

This morning, players on the DeMasi softball team wore their uniforms to school to honor Voorhees, and other students wore armbands. Many wept openly, said Pat Lucas, superintendent of the Evesham Township School District.

"We're absolutely shocked and devastated at the loss of such a beloved teacher, Lucas said. "She was a wonderful, wonderful human being and role model and loved by all of her students. It's a big loss. We just want to work on treasuring her memories here."

A group of crisis counselors were on hand at DeMasi this morning to help students cope with their grief, Lucas said.

"It's been very hard on them and a tough time for all of us," Lucas said. "Amy was a beautiful girl."

Today is the last day of school before the school's Easter holiday, Lucas said.

"We go on break tomorrow," Lucas said, "so maybe that's a good thing for the children as they come to grips with the tragedy."

Lucas said plans for a memorial service have not yet been set.