Posted on

Englewood elementary teacher identified as victim in Dumont fatal hit-and-run

police lights 1

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Englewood N J, the Englewood school community is grieving the tragic loss of beloved teacher Elizabeth Rosa, who was fatally struck by a vehicle on Thursday, as announced by the school district.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, although not disclosing the victim’s identity, confirmed that a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Washington and Madison avenues in Dumont, near the Old Reformed Church, shortly after 5:15 p.m.

Known affectionately as “Mrs. Rosa” to the students of Englewood public schools, she dedicated nearly two decades to educating young minds. Since September of 2015, she had served as a first-grade dual language teacher at Grieco Elementary School.

The Englewood School District released an statement on their website:


Naomi Morton

MAR 15, 2024

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we share the tragic news of the passing of our esteemed colleague and cherished friend, Elizabeth Rosa. Mrs. Rosa, known affectionately as “Mrs. Rosa” by her students, tragically lost her life in a hit-and-run accident yesterday, March 14, 2024.

Mrs. Rosa was a cornerstone of the Englewood Public Schools community, dedicating nearly two decades of her life to nurturing young minds. Since September 2005, she served as a first-grade dual language teacher at Grieco Elementary School. Known for her infectious smile, boundless energy, and unwavering dedication, she touched the lives of countless students, colleagues, and families.

In her classroom, Mrs. Rosa exemplified both compassion and discipline, earning the adoration of her students while instilling in them a love for learning. Her passion for education was palpable and her commitment to her craft unparalleled. The void left by her absence will be felt deeply by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Dr. Marnie Hazelton, Superintendent of Schools; the Englewood Board of Education; and the entire Englewood Public School District extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Rosa’s husband, children, grandchildren, and extended family during this unimaginably difficult time. We kindly ask the Englewood School Community to keep the Rosa family in their thoughts and prayers as they navigate through this period of profound loss.

Out of respect for the privacy of the Rosa family, we kindly request that their privacy be respected as they mourn the loss of their beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. Further information regarding funeral arrangements will be communicated as it becomes available.

In recognition of the impact of this loss on our school community, grief counseling services have been made available to all students and employees in need of support.

Mrs. Elizabeth Rosa’s legacy will endure in the hearts and minds of all who were fortunate enough to know her. May her memory be a source of comfort and inspiration during this challenging time.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Delores Dalrymple-Williams at, Amy Lupardi at, or Rosandra Cece at

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *