This site is dedicated to Annie Rooney, who was killed by a drunk driver on July 4, 2013 in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Annie, a graduate of Western Reserve Academy, Brown University, and the Lewis and Clark Law School, was just 36 years old.
Below is her obituary, followed by newspaper articles and links that look into the circumstances that permitted this catastrophe as well as information about “Annie’s Law”, Ohio House Bill 388.
Published on July 6, 2013:
Anna Louise Rooney
April 14, 1977 – July 4, 2013
Anna Louise Rooney, always known as Annie, of Chillicothe, Ohio was killed by a drunk driver on on July 4, 2013, at around 9pm. Annie was travelling home after borrowing a bike for an upcoming race when an oncoming driver crossed into her lane on US Rte 50, just outside of Chillicothe. Annie’s bikes had been stolen the previous weekend in Columbus, Ohio, outside German Village.
Annie was born in Chillicothe, Ohio on April 14, 1977 to Dr. Richard C. Rooney and Carole Mayer Rooney of Chillicothe, Ohio; Annie was 36 years old. She graduated from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio in 1995, where she was a star athlete. Annie graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1999 and the Law School of Lewis and Clark in Portland, Oregon in 2007.
Prior to returning home to Chillicothe, Annie was a prosecuting attorney in Bozeman, Montana, where she served her community by aggressively prosecuting domestic violence and DUI cases. She recently opened her own law practice in Chillicothe, Ohio. A separate Montana memorial service was held for Annie which can be read about below.
Annie was passionate about adventure and recently began a mountain bike racing career. She traveled and lived all over the world, including every continent except Antarctica, which was on her list. She also lived and worked in New York City and San Francisco on various start-up ventures.
Annie was beloved by many for her charm, her sense of humor, her courage, her unique ability to make others feel loved, and her generous smile. Her most memorable characteristic was her boundless energy with unending optimism. Professionally Annie was a tireless advocate for crime victims and a very successful prosecutor.
Annie was an inspiration to all who knew her. A recent quote captures her essence: “You wanted to be like her, but you couldn’t figure out how”.
She is survived by her parents, Dr. Richard and Carole Rooney of Chillicothe, Ohio, her sister Kate (Rooney) Lyaker (Dr. Michael Lyaker) of Columbus, Ohio, and her brothers Dr. Craig Rooney (Dr. Angie Song) and Dr. Walt Rooney (Adrienne) of Seattle, Washington, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Thank you all for being her friends.
Please share your photos and experiences of Annie so we will never forget how wonderful she was.
Her Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/annie.rooney.50
Memorial contributions may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.