Instructor at deaf school ID’d as victim in fatal West Jordan crash

Posted at 7:29 PM, Jul 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-04 21:29:52-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah -- The deaf community in Utah is mourning the loss of Ellen O'Hara-Hanna, who died in a car accident on Redwood Road in West Jordan last week.

O'Hara-Hanna taught for Utah Schools for the Deaf Blind at Jean Massieu School in Salt Lake City. Since the crash on Friday, a memorial of flowers has accumulated in front of the school in honor of O’Hara-Hanna.

Stephanie Morgan, also a teacher at Jean Massieu, spoke with FOX 13’s Brek Bolton Sunday afternoon.

Morgan met O’Hara-Hanna when they were both fourth grade teachers at the school. She described O’Hara-Hanna as a leader in the deaf community and an inspiration to all of her students.

"Ellen was a confident woman who kept her sight on the goal.  But she also showed great love,” Morgan signed. “With that love she aimed to improve everyone and wanted a better life for them."

O’Hara-Hanna also served on the board of the Utah Association of the Deaf.

A memorial service in her honor will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Sanderson Center for the Deaf, 5709 S. 1500 West, in Taylorsville.