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Illinois state trooper struck during a traffic stop, officials say

The authorities in the state of Illinois, on Thursday announced “the premature and tragic death” of a state trooper who was struck during a traffic stop.
(Illinois State Police)

The authorities in the state of Illinois, on Thursday announced “the premature and tragic death” of a state trooper who was struck during a traffic stop.

Trooper Eric Jones-Story, 34, was killed after the initiation of the stop on the U.S. Route 20 westbound around 11:24 p.m. on a commercial motor vehicle “to conduct a truck inspection,” Illinois State Police (ISP) Acting Director, Brendan F. Kelly said during a press conference.

She had parked her squad car behind the commercial vehicle, and had on its emergency lights, he said.

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“During the inspection, at about 12:20 a.m., a truck tractor semi-trailer combination veered off the road, struck Trooper Jones-the Story of the crew of the car, the hazard lights were activated, hit the commercial motor vehicle she was performing the monitoring and struck Trooper Jones Story, who was outside her vehicle at the time of the crash,” Kelly said.

The crash of both commercial vehicles on fire and there were no other reported injuries, he said.

Jones Story, a 12-year-old veteran, who “paid the ultimate sacrifice,” is going behind her husband, two step-children and a step-grandchild, as well as other members of the family, according to the official.

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The driver of the vehicle that struck the soldier was “cited with a violation of Scott’s Law and improper lane use,” Kelly said.

Scott’s Law or the “Move it” Law requires drivers to slow down and to switch when approaching a “stationary authorized emergency” vehicles with their warning lights on the ISP explained on their website.

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