Dr. David E. Bealer, superintendent of the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District, died following Tuesday’s head-on collision accident, which also claimed the life of the wrong-way driver, Dorothy Paul, 80.
Bealer, 60, who lives in Yuma and was on his way to work at the San Pasqual district office, was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center in critical condition, the school district and the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.
While being transferred to a hospital in the Phoenix area, Bealer succumbed to his injuries and died, said Raul Garcia, public information officer for the department.
Bealer’s Honda was hit near Giss Parkway about 8:30 a.m. by a Buick driven by Paul, who was driving east in the west-bound lanes of the roadway, according to DPS. Paul died at the scene.
“He was such a great man, and we are very sad,” said Kish Curtis, chief business officer for the SPVUSD.
Curtis said Wednesday that employees of the district had been informed of Bealer’s death in a statement from the district on Tuesday afternoon. SPVUSD has five schools in its jurisdiction in Winterhaven.
“It is with the greatest of sadness that we deliver to you today the heartbreaking news of the death of our Superintendent, Dr. David E. Bealer. The district has been informed that Dr. Bealer was involved in a car accident on Tuesday morning on his way to work. We send our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy to his family. We will continue to keep you informed as more information becomes available.”
The statement was signed by Curtis and by Monica Montague, school board president.
Bealer was hired by the school board in May 2011, according to the Quechan News. He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a naval aviator and flew the F-14 Tomcat, the article reported. He served a total of 22 years in the Navy before getting his teaching credential at Fresno State University. After teaching for five years, he took a principalship and earned a doctorate in education at the University of Southern California.
He also held a Master’s of Business Administration from National University that was awarded in 1986, according to his profile on the LinkedIn website, and was associated with the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.