Coburn Place mourns death of colleague in I-65 crash

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A woman killed in a crash on I-65 Tuesday on the south side of Indianapolis is being remembered as a dedicated colleague.

Suzanne Stocky of Indianapolis, 37, failed to stop behind a semi trailer that had stopped in a construction zone. She struck the rear of the trailer.

Luna Miranda Israel of Hanover Park, Ill., was driving the semi. She was not injured. Stocky was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators have not determined why Stocky failed to negotiate the stopped traffic.

Stocky worked at Coburn Place, which serves victims of domestic violence. The organization's executive director, Julia Kathary, calls Stocky a "ball of positive energy" and a "constant cheerleader and encourager."

"The Coburn Place community is devastated and at a loss to comprehend the untimely death of Suzy. She is more than a colleague. She is a member of our family. She always had words of encouragement and always a smile on her face. From surprising her co-workers with their favorite candy to offering hugs, smiles, and notes to brighten the days of anyone around her, Suzy is as kind-hearted a person as you'll ever meet," Kathary said.

Stocky started working for Coburn Place in 2009 as an intern in its Children's Services program. She became a mentor in 2010 and was promoted to Volunteer and Resource Coordinator in April 2014.

"She simply cannot be replaced and the void she leaves in our hearts and at Coburn Place will remain. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family as they grieve the loss of their beautiful daughter, niece, and loved one," Kathary stated.