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Family speaks out after daughter's death on the job

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)
The crash happened April 22 on Cox Road near the Liberty Way intersection. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko) The crash happened April 22 on Cox Road near the Liberty Way intersection. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko)
WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - "I can't believe it happened."
 
It's the nightmare of the mother of a woman hit and killed while on the job last month in West Chester.
 
"I still look at the door waiting for her to come in.  I still wait for her phone call.  I look at the phone to see if she texts,” said
Shannon, mother of Amber Rooks.
 
Only wishing to be known as Shannon, her daughter, Amber Rooks was hit by a car on the job one day last month while working for Area Wide
Protective, a traffic control company. 
 
"I never thought once that she would not make it,” her mother said.
 
Rooks died after 11 days in the hospital.  Her funeral was last week.
 
Her job with AWP was a job she loved, her mother told FOX19 NOW on Thursday.  Rooks and four other workers were in a marked construction
zone when they were hit by a driver who crossed the center line on Cox Road, according to police.  The company she worked for was contracted by Duke Energy.  Authorities say that driver that hit the workers is Michele Schuster, 23.
 
On Thursday, police said charges are still pending.  They're waiting for results from toxicology tests. An accident report obtained earlier this month said that police suspect Schuster may have been under the influence.
 
"You never think your child's going to go to work and they're in danger.  I knew she was flagging.  I knew she was doing safety traffic. 
But, I never thought she'd be hit,” Shannon said.
 
Life is much different these days.  Rooks was the middle of five children, and had an 8-year old child of her own.
 
"She was loving, caring, sweet,” her mother said.  "To explain to an 8-year old that your mom will never come back, is extremely hard. 
We explain to him, she's an angel.  She had another job to do."
 
Rooks volunteered her time to help the homeless with a group known as the Chive Cincinnati, and was an organ donor.  Other people now
have her kidneys, liver, pancreas, corneas and her heart.
 
"She's beating in someone else's heart, body.  She is seeing through someone else's eyes.  She is still alive in someone else,” her mother
said.
 
To help her son and a Memorial Day weekend benefit has been organized.  All proceeds from the May 23rd event at Sharon Woods
Park will help benefit her son, Dylan.  The event runs from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day.  For more information, click here: http://on.fb.me/1KPvP3X

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