Taft HS employee killed in crash

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DES PLAINES, Ill. --  A Chicago Public Schools teacher was killed on the Tri-State Tollway, after he got out of his car following a multi-car crash.

Jeffery Komada hit a minivan that was stalled in the middle lane of southbound I-294 in Des Plaines Saturday morning. Then, his car was rear ended by another car.

Komada got out to check on everyone.

He pulled a woman and child out of the car behind him, and put them in his car. His intention was to drive them to the shoulder to safety.

But as Komada was getting into the driver's seat, he was hit by an oncoming semi.

No citations or charges have been issued, but Illinois State Police are still investigating.

Komada was a math teacher and the director of technology for Taft High School on the Northwest Side. He worked at the school for more than 30 years, and was named an "Educator of the Year" last year.

Taft High School Principal Mark Grishaber released the following statement;

"Mr. Jeff Komada was our Director of Technology, he was an esteemed colleague and he was a friend to everyone in the building.  Last year he was one one of our teachers who was Educator of the Year. He was one of the kindest people I have ever met. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

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