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Relatives Remember Woman Killed In Suspected DUI Crash

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Annie Rooney was 36 years old when she was killed in a car crash last week in Ross County.

On the day of her wake, Rooney's family is sending a clear message: she is not a statistic, but should be remembered for all she did during her short life.

The crash occurred on U.S. 50 just west of state Route 28 on July 4.

Rooney was an attorney in a family of physicians. Because of the danger inherent with biking on the roads, Rooney has recently switched to mountain bikes.

"She had just come back a year ago to give back to the community my parents loved so much," said Rooney's brother, Walt.

Then, Rooney's mountain bikes were stolen in Columbus at the end of June.

She had borrowed a mountain bike from a friend and was driving home in a Lincoln Navigator, when she was hit head-on by 36-year-old Shira B. Seymour, of Bainbridge, who was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash.

Both women were taken to area hospitals, where Rooney died the next day.

Walt called Annie a free spirit who was always smiling.

"None of us really check Facebook that much. Of course, we are all on it, but the hundreds and hundreds of stories are lifting the crushing burden of grief from our family," said Walt.

Fellow mountain bikers had a ride, sporting pink ribbons dedicated to Rooney, but it wasn't just bikers and family who admire and miss her.

"She dedicated her life and career to helping the suffering of people through domestic violence and crime. So she was prosecuting crime in Montana, and an assistant prosecutor in Chillicothe," Walt said.

The patrol said test results on the other driver have not been returned yet.

Rooney's family has asked that all donations be given to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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