2015 Dan Angela Luke

Angela Luke, a Tussing Elementary School teacher, Was Reinstated After prosecutors Dropped Charges in the Husband’s Death

Second grade teacher Angela Luke of Pickerington Local School District in central Ohio who drove over her alleged abusive husband with her car as their two daughters witnessed is back on the job at Tussing Elementary after prosecutors dropped charges against her in his death, according to NBC4i reports. While prosecutors agreed Wednesday night to drop all vehicular homicide and reckless homicide charges against Angela Luke related to his death, according to The Columbus Dispatch it could still be refiled or sent before a grand jury for consideration.

The incident, which took place Sunday evening at their Canal Winchester home, resulted in the tragic loss of 42-year-old Daniel Luke. Luke reported to Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office detectives that her husband held her down and hit her, after which Luke took their two children ages 8 and 12, got in her BMW and started driving away, stopping only when their youngest daughter yelled and heard “thump” sounds; her husband had grabbed onto Daniel as it accelerated, being run over as it did so and died shortly afterwards at hospital.

One of Luke’s daughters can be heard calling 911 and seeking assistance, saying their father was beating her and trying to prevent their escape, according to The Dispatch report. The girl also claimed their mother attempted escape but couldn’t because her father wouldn’t let them.

Investigators combed through the Lukes’ Alspach Road home for evidence following the fatal encounter, seizing bedding believed to contain blood from both bedrooms, including one believed containing bloodied bed sheets in one of the girls’ rooms, two cellphones, and even their 2014 black BMW vehicle.

Police officials stated to The Dispatch that investigators did not find any signs of domestic violence prior to the fatal car crash and no history of previous incidents involving either of Lukes, their children, or either spouse. Furthermore, no one knew what led up to an argument which ultimately resulted in this deadly collision.

Pickerington School District has requested that parents discuss what happened to Luke with their children. Each family will be provided a letter detailing his case and counselors will be available if necessary. Luke’s class families received a letter asking them for patience while the incident is investigated, according to The Dispatch. It also stressed that student safety remains their top priority and will do everything possible to safeguard them. Luke was initially suspended with pay during an investigation and reinstated Thursday. Her district has a policy against domestic violence that requires teachers to report any possible incidents to their supervisors immediately and undergo training for dealing with issues that arise relating to domestic abuse; it can be found online here. It remains unknown if Luke has retained an attorney.

Leave a Comment