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In this 2009 file photo, Phyllis Cottle reflects on her encounter with Samuel Herring that left her in a burning car to die some years ago. She was notified in a letter by the State of Ohio Office of Victim Services that Herring's parole hearing was changed to August 2009 from 2014. Cottle died Friday she was 73. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
Phyllis Cottle, a survivor of a rape-abduction-blinding 20 years ago, talks to students about blindness at the Hillcrest elementary school in Bath in March 2004. Cottle died Friday she was 73. (Akron Beacon Journal file photo)
May 18 was like most days for 34-year-old Kimyata “Coop” Cooper Jr. After calling his dad to plan on watching the basketball game later that day, he finished up his work at Salvation Army and headed to the Barberton YMCA to play a game of basketball.