Trooper Eric Jones-Story, 34, left, was killed Thursday in the 15th crash into a stopped patrol car on the Illinois interstate this year. Trooper Christopher Lambert, 34, right, was killed in January, when he was struck outside of his vehicle while responding to a three-car accident.
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Crashes into a stopped squad car on Illinois roads, which have killed two state troopers and hospitalized at least one other since January, the legislators of the state urging drivers to “do the decent thing” and follow the law.
The last event — the death of a Soldier Brooke Jones Story, 34, on Thursday — resulted from the 15th crash this year, with a legislation of a member state in the implementation of the vehicle.
State officials to his campaign for drivers to slow down and to switch to stationary emergency vehicles that have their blinkers are turned on, an act called Scott’s Law, since a trooper was struck and killed in January while responding to a three-car accident.
ILLINOIS STATE TROOPER STRUCK WHILE INVESTIGATING A CAR ACCIDENT ON THE INTERSTATE
Killed in that crash was the 34-year-old Trooper Christopher Lambert, which stood near the crash site, when he was struck by a Jeep that had failed to slow down. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. He had a 1-year-old child.
Illinois State Police vehicles line up outside the Stephenson County Coroner’s office on Thursday in Freeport, Illinois, after a procession to deliver the body of Trooper Bridget Jones Story that was struck and killed by a truck while conducting a traffic stop on Highway 20. (Associated Press)
Jones Story on Thursday left her vehicle, with the emergency flashers turned on, for conducting a truck inspection on the side of the highway. A “truck tractor semi-trailer combination”, then veered off the roadway struck the squad car, followed by the truck, and fatally wounded the military police, Illinois State Police (ISP) Acting Director, Brendan F. Kelly said.
ILLINOIS STATE TROOPER STRUCK DURING A TRAFFIC STOP, OFFICIALS SAY
The 12-year veteran leaves behind her husband, two children and a stepgrandchild, as well as other members of the family, according to the officials.
Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker-a prayer for the family after the “devastating” loss, insists the drivers that the “the only decent thing to do” is to change lanes or slow down.
“Our state troopers are doing incredible work to keep the public safe, and it is devastating for the entire state, the other is killed on the side of a highway,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I can’t stress strongly enough, when you an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, change lanes or slow down,” he continued. “It is the law, and it is the only decent thing to do.”
Scott’s Law, also known as 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 State of Illinois, Police explained on their website.
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The police wrote a tweet Thursday, following Jones Story is the death, with a picture of the motorway the overhead signs reading: “enough Is Enough”, along with a message on Scott’s Law.
A week before the death of the Jones Story, the position of the 14th accident almost killed trooper. The unknown soldier was responding to a car against a light pole when a passing truck struck him outside his marked patrol car, with lights activated, KFVS-TV Cape Girardeau, Mo., reported. He was rushed to a hospital and was in serious, but stable condition.
In the wake of the crashes, lawmakers have called for tougher penalties for drivers who break Scott’s Law, the Chicago Tribune reported. A new bill, if passed, could slap drivers with a felony responsible for accidents that lead to injury or death. Violators currently face a $10,000 fine and lose their license.
Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz contributed to this report.