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Worker hit in West Chester dies

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Ben Katko) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Ben Katko)
Amber Rooks (Photo: Family provided) Amber Rooks (Photo: Family provided)
WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - The company that employed one of the construction workers that was struck by a vehicle in April has confirmed the worker has died from her injuries.

Area Wide Protective officials confirmed to FOX19 NOW that Amber Rooks, 24-year-old from Norwood, has succumbed to her injuries.

“We'll have to determine the status of everyone and determine what the appropriate charges are,” said Lt. Barry Walker after the incident.

On April 22, Michele Schuster, 23, crashed into five construction workers as the crew worked on Cox Road. Four workers were on the ground and another in a cherry-picker bucket around when the Chevrolet Cavalier drove left of center and into the workers and a parked utility truck, according to West Chester Township Police.

"Witnesses said she just, basically, drove left of center and struck the truck,” said Lt. Barry Walker of the West Chester Police Department.

Rooks' mother says her daughter leaves behind a young son, but declined further comment when reached by phone on Sunday.

According to AWP, the company specializes in traffic control. The company declined comment on Sunday about Rooks' death.

AWP and another company, Bowling Energy Services, were contracted by Duke Energy to do the work ongoing that day on Cox Road. Duke Energy officials have said that both companies are regular contractors with them. The area where the accident happened was a marked construction zone with police detail in the area.

Duke Energy spokesperson, Sally Thelen, offered a statement from the company on Sunday saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with our contractor's family, friends and coworkers during this most difficult time."

Investigators have not said what they think caused the accident, but have said that charges could be pending.

"I am sure there will be charges coming. We'll have to determine the status of everyone and determine what the appropriate charges are,” Walker said.

Rooks was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries.

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