Beloved Yorktown activist killed in crash

A retired Yorktown teacher is being remembered as a pillar of her community after her death in an overnight car crash.

Police say Joan Valenstein, 78, was driving eastbound on Route 202 at around 7 p.m. when her Honda Civic crossed the double yellow line and crashed into a truck.

Firefighters had to cut Valenstein out of the vehicle. She was taken to Hudson Valley Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.

Valenstein is being remembered as an advocate for young people who devoted her time to improving her hometown.

"No heart was bigger, and there was no problem she couldn't solve," says Tricy Cushner, president of the Alliance For Safe Kids, which Valenstein spearheaded.

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