FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) -- A semi driver hit and killed a 34-year-old Illinois State Patrol Trooper investigating a commercial vehicle along the highway Thursday near Freeport.
Illinois State Police identified Brooke Jones-Story as the trooper who died Thursday in a crash on U.S. 20 in Stephenson County.
Jones-Story was a 12-year veteran of the Illinois State Police District 16 in Pecatonica.
ISP says the crash happened around 12:20 p.m. Trooper Jones-Story had been inspecting a semi-trailer on U.S. 20 before she was struck. Police say another semi-trailer hit both Trooper Jones-Story and her vehicle while she was inspecting. She was later pronounced dead. No one else was hurt in the incident.
“Today is a dark day for the Illinois State Police family. This is the six-year anniversary of the death of another Trooper, and now another brave soul, Trooper Brooke Jones-Story, has made the ultimate sacrifice for people of this state. At this very moment, the men and women of the ISP are responding and focused on the job and mission, because that’s what Trooper Jones-Story would do,” stated ISP Acting Director Brendan Kelly.
Kelly said the semi driver who fatally hit Trooper Jones-Story around 12:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon is cited for improper lane usage and violating Scott's Law, which requires drivers approaching an emergency vehicle stopped along the roadway to, "proceed with due caution, change lanes if possible and reduce speed". It's known as a "Move Over" Law.
Trooper Jones-Story is the second ISP trooper killed by a driver apparently violating Scott's Law.