Trucker Found Murdered in Big Rig Along Interstate Identified
Chicago, IL – The trucker who earlier this month was found shot to death in his semi-truck along a Chicago interstate has been identified.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed exclusively to Transportation Nation Network (TNN) the driver was 58-year-old Gediminas Pesys of Woodridge, IL.
On Saturday, July 11 at approximately 4:22 p.m., officers with the Illinois State Police (ISP) District Chicago located a tractor-trailer on Interstate 57 northbound at I-80 eastbound (near exit 345 A/B).
A spokesperson with ISP told TNN officers stopped to assist the semi, which was parked in the middle of the gore area.
Upon arrival, ISP officials discovered Pesys deceased inside the truck.
He suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
His death was ruled a homicide.
Sgt. Delila Garcia told TNN last week the investigation into Pesys’s death is ongoing.
“[I want to give the] trucking audience assurance that the ISP Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is diligently working on this investigation,” Sgt. Garcia stated.
The Department is not releasing any additional information at this time, as further details may impede the investigation.
However, upon further investigation, TNN has learned Pesys lived approximately 30 miles from where his body was located.
He was also originally from Lithuania and had been an owner operator in the U.S. for more than 15 years.
While Sgt. Garcia was unable to answer if DCI believes this was a targeted attack, she stated: “A majority of these shootings on the expressways are targeted, gang affiliated, [or] a result of other criminal activity, but some, simply involve innocent members of the motoring public.”
The Chicagoland area has seen a massive increase in expressway shootings this year amid the lockdown and in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
Sgt. Garcia indicated the number of expressway shootings in Cook County stands at 61 so far in 2020 versus 33 at the same time in 2019.
The ISP continues to urge the public to contact the ISP at (847) 294-4400 if you witness a shooting or have any information, which would assist in this or any investigation.
TransportationNation.com will continue dialog with ISP and bring you more information as it becomes available.