Wheatland-Chili teacher dies after hit & run near U of R campus

Family members say 38-year-old Jill Skivington Jackett was killed when a car hit her during her morning run. (Photo: Skivington family)

Rochester, N.Y. - A teacher for Wheatland-Chili High School has died after being involved in a hit & run accident near the University of Rochester Thursday morning.

Rochester police said a woman was crossing Elmwood Avenue near Wilson Boulevard just before 6 a.m. when she was struck by a car.

The woman was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries. She later died from those injuries.

Family members have identified the woman as 38-year-old Jill Skivington Jackett, an English teacher at Wheatland-Chili High School. Skivington Jackett taught for ten years at Wheatland-Chili, which was also her alma mater. She also served as a coach for the cross-country team and directed the musical.

She was an avid runner, twice winning the Rochester Marathon. She had just completed the New York City Marathon a few weeks ago.

The vehicle that hit her continued driving eastbound on Elmwood without stopping, according to police.

All police were able to say about the car is that it's dark in color.

Officers closed Elmwood Avenue between Genesee Street and Kendrick Road for several hours as part of the investigation Thursday morning. It has since been reopened.

Anyone with information about this hit-and-run crash should call Crime Stoppers at 423-9300.

The Wheatland-Chili Central School District released the following statement Thursday:

The Wheatland-Chili school community is mourning the tragic loss of teacher and alumni Jill Jackett. Jill taught English at Wheatland-Chili High School for ten years. She coached cross-country and directed the school musicals. We all knew and loved Jill, and will keep her family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Counselors will be available for students and staff in need of support throughout the day on Friday, December 1.
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