SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A seventh-grade science teacher at Springfield Prep Charter School died in a car accident over the weekend.

Manchester Police have identified 26-year-old Bianca Colon-Hernandez as the victim of a deadly car crash in Vernon, Connecticut Sunday evening. A police cruiser was exiting the police station to respond to an officer in need of assistance when a vehicle collided with the cruiser. The cruiser had its lights flashing. Colon-Hernandez was a passenger in the vehicle involved and died in the accident.

According to a statement sent to 22News from Bill Spirer, the Founder and Executive Director of Springfield Prep Charter School, Bianca Colon-Hernandez was a science teacher at their school. The school is offering students and staff members counseling and support services due to Colon-Hernandez’s death.

“Bianca was a dear colleague, friend, and teacher at Springfield Prep, and her death is a devastating loss to our community. As we reflect on her life and mourn with one another, we are offering our students and staff members counseling and support services today and in the days ahead,” said Spirer.