Westfield Mayor Andy Cook's Grandson Has Died in a Fatal Car Crash
Photo Credit: RTV 6 Westfield Mayor Andy Cook and his wife Barbara (via Andy Cook for Mayor on Facebook)
WESTFIELD, Ind. - Westfield residents poured out their support for Mayor Andy Cook on Sunday after he announced the unexpected death of his 14-year-old grandson in a vehicle collision.
In an post to his personal Twitter and the city’s Facebook page, Cook said his grandson, 14-year-old Zachary Hyde, was with his family on their way to vacation when their vehicle was rear-ended in slow traffic.
Hyde was seriously injured in the collision, and succumbed to those injuries on Friday. The other members of his family in the car at the time suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
In a brief statement posted Saturday evening, Cook said he and his wife Barb were “devastated” by Hyde’s death:
It was not immediately clear whether memorial services had been planned for Hyde.
Cook has served as Westfield’s first mayor since 2008, when it transitioned from town to city. Prior to that he served as the Westfield Town Council President. He most recently won re-election in 2015.