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Driver in West Chester crash indicted in utility worker's death

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)
(PHOTO: West Chester PD) (PHOTO: West Chester PD)
WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) -

The woman who drove into five construction workers, killing one of them, on Cox Road in West Chester was indicted nine different counts Wednesday.

Michele Schuster, 23, is charged with the death of 24-year-old Amber Rooks from the April crash.  Rooks succumbed to her injuries injuries a week after the incident. 

Schuster was indicted Tuesday on two counts aggravated vehicular homicide, three counts aggravated vehicular assault, three counts vehicular assault and a count of operating a vehicle under the influence. 

She was arraigned Thursday morning.

In paperwork filed with the court in June, police say Schuster was driving her 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier “while voluntarily impaired on a drug of abuse (marijuana, marijuana metabolite, and alprazolam), causing her vehicle to leave her lane of travel, cross into oncoming traffic striking several pedestrians.”  The complaint continues saying, “One of the pedestrians, Amber Marie Rooks, was killed as a direct result of the collision with the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier.”

"Our family will always grieve.  Our family will always hurt,” said Rooks' mother, who wishes to only be identified as Shannon, in June.

The day of the accident, Rooks was working as part of a flagging crew at the marked work site.  She worked for a traffic control company called Area Wide Protective.  AWP, along with Bowlin Energy Services were contracted that day by Duke Energy to perform work on Cox Road near Liberty Way.  

Rooks leaves behind an 8-year-old son. Shannon said that is one of the toughest ways to move on. 

"There is no closure," Shannon said. "In all honestly I look at an 8-year-old boy every day that wonders where his mother is." 

FOX19 NOW has reached out to Schuster's attorney, but he has not been available for comment.

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