Bedford mourns “inspirational teacher” who died in Christmas Day crash

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BEDFORD, Ind. (WTHR) – In the neighborhood around Bedford Middle School, we learned about a teacher who came back here a only couple of years ago but whose roots run deep in this community.

Meanwhile, 30 miles north of Bedford, debris, broken glass and tire tracks mark the place where David Byers lost his life on Christmas Day.

“We have tragic news to pass along,” said the school’s principal in a recorded message sent to families.

“Mr. Byers was an inspirational teacher,” he said in the phone alert. “A selfless individual who is much beloved by students.”

The community is mourning Beyers, 42, who was a science teacher and athletic director.

It was still dark on Christmas morning when Beyers’ car somehow got into the median and flipped. He was ejected.

“Oh, devastated,” said Dr. Deborah Craton, a longtime family friend. “I’ve known him since he was a little boy. It was so devastating. He was such a fine young man, well thought of.”

A Bedford kid who left for a church college in Arkansas, he taught in inner city Memphis and saw the world, teaching English in Japan and marrying a woman he met there.

“That’s a part of the tragic story, that they only spent a few months here together, and now that’s lost.” His wife survived the single car crash.

“Even though I did not have the chance to meet him, the impact that he had on my daughter could not have been more profound and it could not have made me feel better,” said Kevin Ramsey. Ramsey’s daughter Mia, a sixth grader, is away for the holiday but holds close the memories of her science teacher.

“I think what I like most about him was he really tried to make us open our minds and be a little bit more creative,” Mia said. She said he was funny, making himself the punchline of his jokes. He told students they should only pick on themselves and on him, and not on other students.

Mia also said Beyers didn’t just read from the book. “He actually goes deeper than that because he wants us to actually understand. He was unlike any teacher I ever met.”

Dr. Craton said she will always remember his kindness and leadership. “Mainly his kindness.”

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