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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The supervisor of a man innocently killed Friday at the end of a high speed chase is remembering his coworker.

35-year old Steven Cook was a Cedar Rapids service representative for the water department for six years.

For Cook, every work day started in the meter shop.

"[He] would come in the mornings, kind of joke around with the other guys and they'd joke around with him," said Darrell Cannon, Cedar Rapids water services manager.

However, Monday morning it was quite, no jokes, and there was one extra work jacket sitting in the corner of the meter shop.

"Tough. Yeah, it's tough. Pretty quite, pretty somber," said Cannon. "When I heard that there had been an accident and I needed to respond. It's a state of shock."

Cannon has supervised Cook for six years.

He says Cook was a dedicated family man, hard worker, and all around good guy, innocently killed.

"Great employee, great person," said Cannon. "When you have employees on the street in those types of situations, you're always nervous," said Cannon.

Cannon says Cook was on his daily work routine Friday morning when a man failing to pull over for police slammed into the side of the Cedar Rapids Water Department van Cook was driving.

The van flipped - tossing Cook right out of the vehicle leaving him seriously injured.

The next evening Cook died while at the University of Iowa Hospital.

"[He was] the kind of person you'd want for a best friend, a neighbor or a coworker," said Cannon

Cook was a husband, a father of a son an daughter, and volunteer firefighter where he lived in Palo.

"There'll never be another Steve," said Cannon. "We don't know time will tell. But there will never be another Steve."

The man that struck Stephen Cook's work van is 47-year old Lawson Chadwick of Hiawatha.

Cedar Rapids police say he faces homicide by vehicle charges.

Lawson is in the Linn County Jail on several charges related to the incident, and police say additional charges are likely.

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