Califonia crossing guard Ashley Dias killed while saving kids

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Califonia crossing guard Ashley Dias killed while saving kids

A California crossing guard heroically shoved middle school students out of the path of an oncoming SUV — only to be fatally struck, according to authorities.

Ashley Dias, 45, died after being hit by the vehicle outside Stanley Middle School in Lafayette on Wednesday afternoon.

Witnesses saw him push a group of students out of the way in the split-second before he was struck.

“The father of one of the kids came to me — a doctor at John Muir Hospital — and he said, ‘If it wasn’t for your son, my daughter would be dead,’” Dias’ mother Gloria Dias told ABC7.

“He died a hero, but he’ll never come back to us, he’s gone.”

First responders arrived on the scene to find an unresponsive Dias trapped underneath the SUV, the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office said.

The crossing guard was pulled out from beneath the vehicle by officers and witnesses, before being rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Ashley Dias was hit by a car while trying to protect kids crossing the street at Stanley Middle School on September 9, 2021.
Ashley Dias was hit by a car while trying to protect kids crossing the street at Stanley Middle School on September 9, 2021.
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Dias was found unresponsive under the SUV and was taken to the hospital where he died. One child was struck by the vehicle but only suffered minor injuries.
Dias was found unresponsive under the SUV and was taken to the hospital where he died. One child was struck by the vehicle but only suffered minor injuries.
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One student ended up being struck by the SUV but he only suffered minor injuries. That student was taken to the hospital as a precaution, the sheriff’s office said.

Police did not identify Dias but his family confirmed to local media outlets that he was the victim.

Dias’ parents said he had attended the same school as a child and liked to volunteer there as a crossing guard.

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