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Jul 12, 2010 7:35 PM by Andy Koen

Pueblo woman was studying to be a PE teacher

Family members of a University of Northern Colorado student who was killed over the weekend say that she was an energetic and outgoing young woman.

Jennifer Hudgens, 23, of Pueblo was working at the Visionworks when a man in a pick up crashed into the store on Saturday.

Her father, Robert Hudgens, tells News First 5 that Jennifer wanted to be a physical education teacher and was earning two degrees in elementary education and physical education from the University of Northern Colorado. 

She was set to begin student teaching at a school in Fort Collins this fall.

"She's just and extremely motivated and energetic young lady that was just looking forward to going out and hoping to make a difference in some kid's lives with her teaching experiences," Hudgens said.

Mr. Hudgens added that his daughter was training with a coworker to participate in a mini-triathlon next month.  The coworker now plans to dedicate her performance to Jennifer.

Hudgens says he is thankful for the outpouring of support he and his family have received from the community since the accident.

Police say the driver of the truck, Peter Lain, 29, of Evans has been released from the hospital.  Witnesses reported that Lain appeared to be unconscious when the crash happened and investigators say he might have a medical condition.

The police haven't determined whether Lain will be charged because of the crash.

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