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Police release new information in West Chester work zone accident that killed one

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)
(Source: Ben Katko, FOX19 NOW) (Source: Ben Katko, FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - In paperwork obtained by FOX19 NOW on Friday, police detail crimes they believe to have been committed in an accident that killed a worker contracted by Duke Energy working on a West Chester roadway in April.
 
The accident killed Amber Rooks, 24, and injured four other workers.  Rooks was working as part of a flagging crew when the accident happened
on Cox Road. She died 11 days later.

Police have previously said they believe the driver who hit the works was possibly impaired.
 
"You don't expect to go order your 24-year old daughter's headstone,” said Rooks' mother, who only wishes to be identified as Shannon.
 
These days, things have not been easy for Rooks' family.
 
"We should have never been dealt this hand because someone else should not have been taking the consequences for someone else's actions. That's exactly what Amber and the other four people on this job did,” Shannon told FOX19 NOW.
 
Rooks was working for a traffic control company, Area Wide Protective, when a driver crossed the center line of Cox Road and slammed into the marked worksite.
 
Police have previously identified the driver as Michele Schuster, 23.
 
"I've been to the memorial site.  I just can't see how it happened.  So much traffic.  So much room,” said Shannon.
 
No charges have been filed at this point.  But, police said just hours after the accident, charges would more than likely be filed sometime.
 
"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 West Chester Police Lt. Barry Walker on the day of the accident in late April.
 
On Friday, the case became a bit more clear.  Listed in the paperwork, there is no suspect name, but the exact date of the accident and location, along with the workers involved, including Rooks.
 
Police list the “offenses reported” in the accident as aggravated vehicular homicide OVI, aggravated vehicular assault OVI, possession of drugs (synthetic drugs), driving under the influence and failure to control.
 
"Before today, we didn't have a whole lot of answers.  Moving forward does help.  There never will be closure,” Shannon told FOX19 NOW. 

To this point, no charges have been filed.  West Chester Police Department Joel Herzog told FOX19 NOW on Friday that toxicology results won't be available for another two to three weeks.
 
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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