Indian River County is mourning the loss of Janai Cooper, an assistant principal, who was killed in a vehicle incident.
The sheriff’s office said in a news release, that 39-year-old Janai Cooper, an assistant principal at Glendale Elementary, was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by her 44-year-old boyfriend.
The incident occurred near their home in the 12500 block of Roseland Rd.
When deputies arrived, they found Cooper unresponsive. She was transported to the Sebastian River Medical Center where she later died.
Her boyfriend told investigators that he was leaving the house to purchase cigarettes when he ran over Cooper. He said he did not realize she was outside or behind the vehicle.
An Indian River County Sergeant said detectives and a traffic homicide investigator interviewed her 44-year old boyfriend the night of the incident. Officials will spend the next few days determining the cause of the crash.
An Indian River County Sheriff stated, “Our hearts go out to the family of Janai Cooper and every life she touched on a daily basis serving the children of our community.”
The sheriff said, investigators will present their findings to the state attorney to determine if any charges will be filed. At this time, there are no arrests and no one in custody.
The sheriff’s office said, the 44-year old has been cooperative with investigators throughout the investigation.
Indian River County School Superintendent called Cooper’s death an “incredible loss” of a “beloved figure.”
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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