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Adams woman hit by pickup truck released from hospital


An Adams woman was released from a Syracuse hospital a week after she and her daughter were hit by a pickup truck while walking in Syracuse.

Barbara Cook, 72, and her daughter Jennifer S., 43, were struck by a Mazda pickup on East Genesee Street March 14.

The victims were taken to Upstate Medical University, where Jennifer Cook died of her injuries.

Jennifer Cook was an associate professor of English and secondary education at Rhode Island College, Providence, according to the school’s website.

Ms. Cook was in the area to visit her 93-year-old father, Frank, also of Adams, and to take her mother to a doctor’s appointment.

“Dr. Cook was a well-liked and well-respected member of the English Department and of the Educational Studies Department,” Nancy Cariuolo, president of Rhode Island College, stated in a news release. “We all thought that Jenn, who was tenured a few years ago, had a long career ahead of her at Rhode Island College.”

The driver of the truck, 86-year-old James McDonald of Chittenango, has not been charged.

The crash remains under investigation.

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