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Bx. mom was shuttling special-needs kids when own van crushed her

She had just taken the job a few months ago — driving a van filled with special-needs children — because she loved to help people. On Wednesday, an accident at her new job cost the 37-year-old Bronx mom her life.

The distraught family of Irene Espinal-Jiminian, 37, said she had started her new job as a driver for the Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics seven months ago.

“I saw her at five in the morning before she left to work,” said her husband, Joaquin Jiminez. “She was the best person, caring, and she helped without being asked, a good mother.”

The Van Nest mom of two young boys was driving a Ford van, transporting a group of special-needs kids at about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

She stopped on E. 229th St. by Carpenter Ave. in Wakefield and stepped out of the vehicle, but then walked back to the driver’s side to reposition the van, cops said.

Espinal-Jiminian put the vehicle into reverse, but then apparently slipped and fell to the ground, cops said.

The van rolled back, crushing her with its front driver-side wheel, police said. It then hit a parked vehicle and stopped.

Bx. mom was shuttling special-needs kids when own van crushed her

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