Family honors Davenport woman hit, killed by pickup truck

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 11:25 PM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - Family and friends gathered Thursday night at the intersection of Locust Street and North Lincoln Avenue in Davenport to remember Larita Hoeck, who was struck by a pickup truck on Oct. 7 and later died from her injuries.

They also wanted to bring awareness to National Pedestrian Safety Month.

According to police, the truck hit Hoeck while she crossed North Lincoln Avenue on her way to the Dollar Store. She was pronounced dead Monday at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Leanna Boore, Hoeck’s daughter, remembered her for always being there for her.

“I’m just gonna miss talking to her, she was my rock, she had my back even when I was wrong,” Boore said. “[She was] my best friend, my mom and I thought I’d have a lot more years with her.”

Boore mentioned that her mother walked everywhere she went, but that didn’t stop her from living her life.

“She loved life, she loved being a part of things,” Boore said. “She loved her grandchildren, if one kid got ten dollars the other kid got ten dollars. She was very fair about that.”

For Heather Taylor, Boore’s best friend, Hoeck was someone she could rely on growing up.

“We had lots of extra moms, my mom was her mom. All of our moms were our second moms,” Taylor said.

October is National Pedestrian Safety Month, which Boore didn’t learn about until this week. She wants drivers to be more aware, especially at intersections.

“Slow down,” Boore said. “This has made me more aware of my driving, too. Slow down turning corners.”

Hoeck’s family donated her lungs, liver and kidneys. Boore feels having her mother live on through organ donations is something that she will eventually find comfort in.

“I know it’s going to make me feel better down the road,” Boore said. “[In the hospital,] it didn’t make me feel better right then. I feel like I want my mom back.”

Boore is making preparations for a celebration of life and hopes to organize a memorial walk sometime next year.

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