Trucker Pleads “Not Guilty” In Roadside Inspection Death Of Trooper, Probable Cause Found
Freeport, Illinois – The truck driver police say is responsible for the death of an Illinois state trooper last month has pleaded “Not Guilty” to numerous charges including Reckless Homicide.
According to the Stephenson County State’s Attorney’s Office, Craig Wade Dittmar, 55, was operating a tractor-trailer along U.S. 20 on March 28th 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.
On April 11th, 2019, Dittmar was charged with two counts of Reckless Homicide (both Class 2 Felonies), and one count of Operating A Commercial Motor Vehicle While Fatigued – Causing Death (Class 3 Felony).
During a preliminary hearing on Thursday, State Police Sgt. Charles Davidson testified Dittmar admitted falling asleep and took a short nap earlier during his trip from Joliet.
The prosecution also argued Dittmar was negligent because he continued working as a professional truck driver despite being aware of a medical condition that impairs his driving.
Dittmar’s defense attorney denied the prosecution’s assertion.
The judge in the case found probable cause for the charges against Dittmar.
A trial date has not yet been set.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to bring you the latest developments on this case.