Trucker Gets 6 Months in Prison for Fatally Striking Trooper Conducting Roadside Inspection
Freeport, IL – The trucker responsible for an accident causing the death of an Illinois state trooper in 2019 has been sentenced to prison.
Truck driver Craig Dittmar, 56, has been sentenced to 6 months in prison and 4 months of probation after pleading guilty to Reckless Homicide and one count of Safety Regulations Violations that resulted in Death.
According to court documents, Dittmar was operating a tractor-trailer along U.S. 20 on March 28, 2019 at approximately 12:20 p.m. when his semi fatally struck 34-year-old Illinois State Patrol (ISP) Trooper, Brooke Jones-Story.
Jones-Story was conducting a roadside inspection of another tractor-trailer at the time of the accident.
Dittmar’s rig struck also struck Jones-Story’s police car as well as the tractor-trailer she was inspecting.
Investigators said both big rigs caught fire as a result of the collision.
At the time of the accident Dittmar 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.”
Dittmar was arrested the following month and charged with two counts of Reckless Homicide and one count of Operating A Commercial Motor Vehicle While Fatigued – Causing Death.
Initially, he pleaded “not guilty” but later changed his plea in November of last year.
Dittmar admitted to police he fell asleep and was too fatigued to drive at the time of the accident.
He will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing during his probation period and was fined $3,000 plus court costs.
Jones-Story was a 12 year veteran Illinois State Police District 16 in Pecatonica.
She is survived by her husband, retired state police Master Sgt. Robert Story, two stepchildren, a stepgrandchild, her parents, a sister and a brother.