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Family of mother killed in LaGrange wants answers

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A Countryside woman was hit and killed by a car while walking with her two small children at this intersection in LaGrange. (CBS)

Steve Miller Reporting
CHICAGO (WBBM) - The family of a 30-year-old Countryside mother of two wants answers about the accident that led to her death Tuesday morning as she crossed a street with her children.

WBBM's Steve Miller reports that the sister of Cari Cook believes the 45-year-old woman who was driving the vehicle that hit Cari must have been distracted by something.

Maggie Stevens says her sister Cari was her best friend, and she says she wants some answers from the driver who hit Cari in LaGrange.

"It was just a horrible, horrible thing that happened, Maggie Stevens said, “and for someone to say that they thought they hit a pothole and didn't stop until they saw my sister's lifeless body laying on the floor in the middle of the street.”

Police say they are still investigating.

Stevens says her sister saved her children's lives, "The stroller wasn't even touched by the car. Cari did try to protect her son. She'll be a hero in everyone's hearts forever because she gave up her life for her kids."

Police in LaGrange say they are still investigating the fatal accident.

Maggie Stevens says the driver must have been distracted, "I find it very hard to believe that you could not see a family of three plus a dog walking across a busy intersection. She was distracted by something. We need to figure out what it was."

Maggie Stevens added, "I'm sorry that she didn't push her daughter on the swing one more time or walk around the block one more time and avoid this. Then we'd be sitting here with her right now.”


Mother Hit, Killed By Car In LaGrange

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Mother Hit, Killed By Car In LaGrange

Woman Was Crossing Street With Her 2 Children

LA GRANGE, Ill. (CBS) ― A 30-year-old west suburban woman is dead and after a car hit her and her two children on Tuesday in LaGrange.

A car headed east on 47th Street at 8th Avenue crashed into Cari Cook, 30, of Countryside, who was walking with her 4-month-old son and 2-year-old daughter, LaGrange police said.

Cook and her children were taken to Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital, where Cook was later pronounced dead, police said. Her infant son suffered a broken leg, while her daughter was examined and released.

The Illinois State Police Accident Reconstruction Team and the Cook County State's Attorney's office are helping with the investigation, but the driver had not been arrested or charged as of Wednesday morning.

The police news release did not specify whether the accident was a hit-and-run, or whether alcohol, speed or other factors played a role.

Fund established to help children of Cari Lyn Cook

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May 27, 2009

A fund has been established to cover future expenses for the children of Cari Lyn Cook, the Countryside woman who died May 19 after being struck by a vehicle while crossing 47th St in La Grange.

The children, two-year-old Ellie and four-month-old Carson, were with their mother at the time of the accident. Carson suffered a fractured leg; Ellie was unharmed.

Monies collected by the fund will be used to provide "education, child care, medical needs and any other costs related to the needs of the children," according to information posted on the Cari Lyn Cook memorial website,

"Although Carson and Ellie will have the love and support of many friends and family, life will not be easy as [Cari's husband] Matt tries to raise two young children while providing for his family," the website said.

The website also contains a guest book and photo album where visitors can share their thoughts, stories and pictures of Cari.

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