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Drugs, stun gun found in car after fatal crash

The crash happened April 22 on Cox Road near the Liberty Way intersection.  (FOX19) The crash happened April 22 on Cox Road near the Liberty Way intersection. (FOX19)
24-year-old Amber Rooks died 11 days after the crash. (Provided photo) 24-year-old Amber Rooks died 11 days after the crash. (Provided photo)
WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) -

Police suspect a female driver was impaired when her vehicle crossed the median and crashed into a group of utility workers last month.

Michele Schuster, 23, hit the five workers as they installed power lines on Cox Road near the Liberty Way intersection. 

Amber Rooks, 24, died from her injuries 11 days after the accident.

According to an accident report, police suspect Schuster was under the influence and possibly using her iPhone. They tested her blood for drugs and alcohol. The results have not been released.

When they searched her 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, they found a stun gun and three alprazolam, or Xanax, pills, court records show. The prescription drug treats panic or anxiety disorders.

West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog said Wednesday it's not clear when charges will be filed. Records indicate Schuster could be facing aggravated vehicular assault.

At the time of the accident, Duke Energy had contracted the workers, who were in a marked construction zone with police detail in the area.

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

Schuster and the other workers were taken to the hospital after the crash. Rooks was transferred to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where where she died.

Area Wide Protection Services employed Rooks and one other person injured in the accidents. The other three workers were with Bowlin Energy Services.

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