Police have released the name of the child killed Monday after being struck by a vehicle.

The 8-year-old boy was identified as Gidieon Cook. He recently finished second grade at Harrison Elementary School.

His obituary appears on page 3A of today’s newspaper. A GoFundMe account has been started under “Bethany’s Memorial/Loss Fundraiser for the Cook Family,” with $18,856 of the $20,000 goal already raised by Tuesday evening.

At 1:47 p.m. Monday, Warsaw Police Department, along with other first responders, were dispatched to an injured child call in the area of Husky Trail at North Pointe Drive.

Upon arrival, officers discovered Cook had been struck by a 2008 black Nissan Sentra.

Cook was taken from the scene by Lutheran EMS. While enroute to Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital, EMS diverted to Whitley Parkview in Columbia City, where Cook was pronounced dead by Parkview Hospital medical staff.

Preliminary investigation indicates Cook had been crossing Husky Trail at the crosswalk at the time of the collision.

This is an ongoing investigation, according to a WPD news release.

The driver of the vehicle, Raven L. Loubert, 24, has cooperated in the investigation by providing a blood draw as well as a consensual search of her cellphone.  Investigators are awaiting results of the forensic cellphone download and the toxicology report, the release states.

Multiple witnesses remained at the scene of the accident and have been interviewed by investigators.

The vehicle involved was towed to the Warsaw Police Department for processing.  

In a statement released by Warsaw Community Schools Monday, it said staff and administration extended their thoughts and prayers to those affected. The district is working alongside local law enforcement to assist in the investigation.

Monday evening, Loubert posted a Facebook comment that said, in part, “To everyone that is worried about me. I truly didn't mean to do it at all. ... As far as I know I am not in any trouble with this accident. I will say I am truly deeply sorry to the family for their loss and I know I can never fix this but I hope in their hearts that they can forgive me for what I have done. ... Thank you to all of those that care and again I am truly sorry for the loss of that little boy.”