- Associated Press - Monday, March 17, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island College is offering counseling to students and flying flags at half-staff as it mourns an English professor who was struck and killed by a pickup truck in central New York state.

Forty-three-year-old Jennifer Cook of Providence was walking with her mother Friday afternoon in Syracuse when the truck veered across the road and struck them. Cook died and her mother, 72-year-old Barbara Cook, remains hospitalized. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Jennifer Cook was an associate professor of English at the Providence school and taught aspiring teachers. She also was executive director of the college’s Rhode Island Writing Project, which aims to improve reading and writing across Rhode Island.

Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriulo says Cook’s death has shocked and saddened the college community.