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CHIODO– IT’S BEEN NEARLY -8- MONTHS SINCE LAWANDA COOK HIT AND KILLED “JOANNE SMITH.” INVESTIGATORS SAY COOK WAS DISTRACTED– THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AT NORTHWEST RADIAL AND NORTH 51ST STREET– TODAY COOK WAS SENTENCED TO 9 MONTHS IN JAIL — OUR KAYLA VAN WIE SPOKE WITH THE FAMILIES OF BOTH WOMEN.: “IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL DAY IN COURT FOR TWO FAMILIES. BOTH HERE FOR THE FINAL SENTENCING OF A FAMILIES. BOTH HERE FOR THE FINAL SENTENCING OF A TRAGIC SITUATION THAT ENDED A LIFE TOO SOON.” UNDER VO: “WE STILL HAVE TO GO ON WITHOUT HER BUT IF THIS IS THE BEST THAT THE LAW CAN DO THAN THIS IS WHAT WE’LL HAVE TO ACCEPT.” IT WAS JANUARY 14TH — 55- YEAR-OLD JOANNE SMITH WAS UNLOADING ITEMS FROM THE BACK OF HER CAR FOR AN UPCOMING BIRTHDAY PARTY WHEN LAWANDA COOK STRUCK HER. “LAWANDA DIDN’T KNOW SHE HIT HER AT THAT TIME. SHE DIDN’T. SHE SAID I’M SORRY I HIT YOUR CAR AND I SAID DIAL 911, MY FRIEND VANESSA CAME OUT. SHE GOT HYSTERICAL AND LAWANDA GOT HYSTERICAL AND I TOLD HER TO GET IN THE CAR. IF THE CAR’S IN PARK UNDO IT AND PUSHED THE CAR OFF….. AND UGH.” SMITH LOST HER LEGS IN THE ACCIDENT — BUT FOUGHT TO SURVIVE FOR FOUR DAYS… SHE WOULD LATER DIE AT NEBRASKA MEDICINE — THE DRIVER’S UNCLE TELLS ME: THEY’RE HURTING TOO– “IT’S STILL A TOPIC OF CONVERSATION ALL THE TIME. BECAUSE WE FEEL FOR THE FAMILY AND AT THE SAME TIME WE FEEL FOR MY NIECE. YOU KNOW WONDERING FROM DAY TO DAY WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO HER. THEN TO FIND OUT SHE’S GOING TO BE INCARCERATED FOR NINE MONTHS.. HEY THAT’S KILLING US.” ATTORNEY DON KLEINE SAYS WHEN A LIFE IS TAKEN — CHARGES ARE ALWAYS SERIOUS– “IT’S UP TO THE DISCRETION OF THE COURT, DEPENDING ON THE BACKGROUND, THE PERSON’S HISTORY, THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE.. BUT IT ALL POINTS TO THE DANGERS OF WHEN SOMEBODY OPERATING A SEVERAL TON VEHICLE DOESN’T PAY ATTENTION OR IS CARELESS.” BEFORE WALKING OUT OF COURT… COOK SAID THAT A DAY DOESN’T GO BY THAT SHE DOESN’T CARRY THIS BURDEN– EITHER WAY IT’S PERMANENT PAIN MIRRORING TWO LIVES INVOLVED, ONE GONE FOR FOREVER AND FOR THE SMITH’S… “THEY STILL HAVE HER. THEY CAN GO SEE HER, THEY CAN COMMUNICATE WITH HER. I’M SORRY IF THAT SOUNDS COLD HEARTED BUT WE WILL NEVER SEE JOANNE AGAIN. WE WILL NEVER TALK TO HER AGAIN. COVER ALL WE HAVE ARE MEMORIES AND PICTURES.” WITH PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID GILANE, KAYLA VAN WIE WOWT 6 NEWS. COUNTY ATTORNEY DON KLEINE NOTES THERE’S BEEN FAR TOO MANY ACCIDENTS LIKE THIS– HE SAYS PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE RISKS OF DISTRACTED

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