A Porter woman died Sunday from injuries she suffered Saturday when she was struck by a car as she jogged along a Chesterton-area road, Porter County sheriff's police said.
Elizabeth Scott, 38, worked as a teacher at Field Station Cooperative Preschool, coached cross country at Discovery Charter School in Porter and was an avid runner, friends said.
Scott loved her husband and two sons and was very active in the community, Field Station Director Laurie Metz said.
"She was a super warm, loving person. Just always willing to help," Metz said. "She developed a lot of friendships with the parents. She's just one of those people others liked to be around."
Metz said Field Station canceled classes Monday because of Scott's death. Scott taught preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds two days a week and currently had 36 students in her classes, Metz said.
Paul Stofko, of Chesterton, said Scott taught his two children at Field Station.
"She was always smiling, always nice, always energetic," he said. "All the students loved her. She was very outgoing and related to the kids very well."
Stofko said he and Scott shared an interest in running. He has directed races in Chesterton, and Scott sometimes asked him about where she could take Discovery Charter School runners to train, he said.
Keith Davison, of the Chesterton Wrestling Club, said Scott's 10-year-old sons Paul and Phil are on the team and her husband, Randy, is a coach. Elizabeth Scott was on the board, he said.
"She was a pistol," he said. "She was very competitive, but she had a really good balance about her."
She helped order and distribute uniforms to team members and recently helped at a state meet, he said.
"She was a very good advocate for kids in the club — and not just her own," Davison said. "She was focused on trying to make it good and fun for all the kids, and she's going to be sorely missed."
Scott and another woman were running on County Road 1200 North in Jackson Township on Saturday when a driver struck them, according to the Porter County Sheriff's Department.
An 18-year-old Chesterton man was headed west on 1200 North in a white 1979 Chevrolet Corvette about 2 p.m. when he crested a hill at County Road 370 East, lost control when he saw the women jogging east in the westbound lanes and hit them, police said.
Scott was taken to Porter Regional Hospital and later to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., officials said. The other runner was taken to a hospital for minor injuries.
Police said alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
While he didn't know the circumstances of Saturday's crash, Stofko said runners are advised to run against traffic so they can see what's coming at them.
He said Scott's death brought back feelings about the loss of his friend Jennie Hamilton, who died in August 2006 after she was struck while riding a bicycle on Valparaiso's back roads.
"That same kind of tragedy," he said. "It really hits home."
Metz said she was having a hard time finding words to express what happened.
Staff members were at Field Station for an open house that ended at 1 p.m. Saturday, she said. Scott left to meet her running partner — whose child at one time attended Field Station — at 1:30 p.m., Metz said.
A short time later, Metz learned Scott had been gravely injured, she said.
"I can't believe it," she said. "I'm still sort of in shock."