Woman killed in storm was art teacher, had 2 sons

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Authorities have identified the New Fairfield woman killed in Tuesday's powerful storm as a 41-year-old teacher.

Lauren Svendsen was a middle and high school art teacher in the North Salem School District in New York.

As News 12 has reported, she died at the scene when a tree crashed down on her car on Brush Hill Road near Gilotti Road. Svendsen's 3-year-old survived the impact, and rescuers pulled him from the vehicle. He wasn't hurt.

"Adored by her students, Lauren passionately taught them in a way that connected art and personal life," her district's superintendent said in a statement.

Supporters have set up a GoFundMe campaign to benefit Svenden's husband and her two sons.

"A family has lost a mother, a wife, and it's tremendously sad," says New Fairfield Selectman Khris Hall.

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