Berkeley Unified President Checks Out of Hospital

Berkeley Unified School District President Judy Appel and her wife Alison Bernstein have been discharged from the hospital, four months after they were struck by a vehicle while crossing the street near their Berkeley home.

Cal School News covered the accident in January. The vehicle’s driver was identified as an 81-year-old man who was said to be cooperating with police.

BUSD Vice President Beatriz Leyva-Cutler has been serving as acting president since Appel was hit. BUSD Director Ty Alper is currently serving as acting vice president.

It is not clear when Appel will be ready to return to work.

“It is understandable that much healing needs to happen,” Leyva-Cutler said in an email, as quoted by the Daily Californian. “She has just returned home after months away from her family, so this time with family is also part of the healing.”

The accident has raised awareness about pedestrian safety in Berkeley and its surrounding communities.


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