An Illinois country trooper turned into killed within the line of responsibility Thursday near the metropolis of Freeport, Illinois, police stated. Trooper Brooke Jones-Story, 34, became killed Thursday at the same time as analyzing a semi-truck on US Route 20 westbound, just west of Illinois Route 75 in Stephenson County, police stated. Jones-Story was out of doors of her squad car whilst she was struck and fatally wounded when any other semi-truck struck her squad vehicle and the semi she became examining, police said. Both trucks caught the fireplace.
Jones-Story’s death comes days after Governor JB Pritzker introduced renewed efforts to implement Scott’s Law in response to the variety of accidents injuring kingdom soldiers. The law calls for drivers to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles. The regulation, enacted in 2002, turned into named after Lieutenant Scott Gillen, a Chicago firefighter, who become stuck and killed through an intoxicated driving force even as assisting at a crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway.
“No motive force needs to get to their destination so fast that needs to place a trooper’s existence at hazard,” Pritzker said for the duration of a press convention approximately the law on Monday. Jones-Story’s demise also falls on the sixth anniversary of any other officer, Trooper James Sauter, who was killed at the tri-nation near Northbrook in 2013 while a truck driving force fell asleep on the wheel. That motive force becomes sentenced to two years in prison. Thursday’s crash provides an alarming fashion with at the least 15 nation troopers being hit alongside Illinois roads up to now in 2019 – a range of nearly double the overall of 8 soldiers struck in all of 2018.
“Today is a dark day for the Illinois State Police own family,” stated Brendan Kelly, appearing director of the Illinois State Police. “How normally does this need to happen? How many extras should be harm or killed? When’s sufficient, enough?” The motive force of the car that struck Jones-Story has been stated with violation of Scott’s Law and mistaken lane usage, police said.
“The men and women of this branch, particularly the troopers and co-workers of trooper Jones-Story, are unhappy, hurting, and they may be indignant,” Kelly said. At the crash scene, which is ready hours west of Chicago, state soldiers gave Jones-Story, a 12-yr veteran of the ISP, one very last salute.
ISP also shared records about the way to make donations to Jones-Story’s family. Donations can be made at the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation’s website. If donating online, please note “Trooper Brook Jones-Story Memorial Fund” in the remarks segment. Donations can also be despatched via the U.S. Postal Service to: