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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 4:50 pm

Police identify Warsaw second grader struck, killed by car

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

The boy who died after being struck by a car near his Warsaw elementary school was Gidieon Cook, police said today.

The 8-year-old recently finished second grade at Harrison Elementary and was attending summer school, the Warsaw Police Department said.

Police believe Gidieon was crossing Husky Trail in the crosswalk at North Pointe Drive about 1:50 p.m. Monday when he was hit by a car driven by Raven L. Loubert, 24, of Tippecanoe.

Loubert has been cooperative with police. She provided a blood draw and a consensual search of her cellphone, police said.

Investigators are awaiting results of the forensic cellphone download and toxicology report, police said, noting they also interviewed witnesses who remained at the scene of the collision.

The car, a 2008 Nissan Sentra, was towed to the police department for processing, police said.

A vigil is planned for Gidieon at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the crosswalk in front of Harrison Elementary. Children will have balloons to release at the end of the service in lieu of a candle, according to a Facebook post.

Warsaw Community Schools has said the district is working with law enforcement to assist with the investigation.

asloboda@jg.net