WARSAW, Ind. (WNDU) An 8-year-old boy has died after he was hit by a car in Warsaw.
It happened shortly before 2 p.m. Monday in the area of Husky Trail at North Pointe Drive.
First responders found that the boy had been hit by a black 2008 Nissan Sentra.
While being transported to Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital, the ambulance was diverted to Whitley Parkview Hospital in Columbia City.
The boy was pronounced dead at that facility.
Family members say the child was named Gidieon Cook and that he always sparked joy in others.
"He was a light around everybody," said Joshua Chupp, the father of Gideon's two half-sisters. "He had a wonderful impact on everybody, especially in his church community. You would go to hug him, and he would just be like a big teddy bear."
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The Warsaw Police Department has been in direct communication with Warsaw Community Schools, as the child was a student and had been attending summer school.
The school corporation released a statement on Monday, saying, "Warsaw Community Schools' staff and administration extend their thoughts and prayers to those affected. The district is working alongside local law enforcement to assist in any way possible in their investigation."
John B. Lowe II, the pastor of the church Gidieon and his family attended, said, "We are praying not just for the family whose child was tragically taken from them, but also for the family of the individual driving the vehicle. Everyone will need lots of prayer to get through."
The driver of the car has been identified as Raven L. Loubert, a 24-year-old from Tippecanoe.
The crash is under investigation, and there is no word yet on whether or not charges will be filed against Loubert.