Illinois State Patrol Trooper Struck And Killed By Semi While Performing Inspection
Freeport, Illinois – A 34-year-old Illinois State Patrol (ISP) Trooper was struck and killed by a semi along U.S. 20 on Thursday while inspecting a tractor-trailer.
According to ISP, Brooke Jones-Story was in the process of inspecting a semi-trailer when another semi struck her and her vehicle at approximately 12:30 p.m. about a half mile west of Illinois Route 75.
Jones-Story was later pronounced dead, according to officials.
The truck driver responsible for colliding with Jones-Story and her cruiser was cited for improper lane usage and violating Scott’s Law, which requires drivers approaching emergency vehicles stopped along the roadway to “proceed with due caution, change lanes if possible and reduce speed.
It’s also known as the “Move Over” Law.
Stephenson County State’s Attorney Carl Larson said an investigation will determine whether the driver will face additional charges. The driver currently is in police custody, according to authorities.
ISP Acting Director Brendan Kelly, said it was 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 Kelly.
Jones-Story was a 12-year veteran of the Illinois State Police District 16 in Pecatonica. She is the second Illinois State Trooper to die in the line of duty in the last 75 days and the 15th struck by a vehicle this year due to a Scott’s Law violation, Kelly said.
Illinois State Police mourn the loss of Trooper Brooke Jones-Story #5966.
She was struck by a truck tractor semi trailer while outside of her squad car on a traffic stop on US Route 20 near Freeport, IL.
Rest peacefully. We will never forget you.
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— IllinoisStatePolice (@ILStatePolice) March 28, 2019