Trucker charged in crash that killed trooper

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ILLINOIS – A truck driver was arrested Thursday in connection with a crash that killed an Illinois state trooper conducting a traffic stop last month, authorities said.

Craig Wade Dittmar, 55, is charged with reckless homicide and operating a motor vehicle while fatigued, according to an Illinois State Police statement.

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Craig W. Dittmar, 55, is charged with reckless homicide and operating a motor vehicle while fatigued, authorities say. (Illinois State Police)

On March 28, Illinois State Trooper Brooke Jones-Story was inspecting a commercial truck on the side of a highway in Freeport, about 115 miles west of Chicago, when a semi tractor-trailer truck struck her, her squad car and the truck she had ordered to pull over.

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Trooper Brooke Jones-Story, 34, left, was killed March 28 in the 15th crash into a stopped squad car on the Illinois interstate this year. Trooper Christopher Lambert, 34, right, was killed in January when he was struck outside his vehicle while responding to a three-car crash. (Illinois State Police)

Dittmar, of Stockton, reportedly drove the truck and was cited at the time of the crash for improper use of a lane and violating Scott’s Law, which requires drivers to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Following his Thursday arrest, he was being held on $250,000 bond at Stephenson County jail, FOX News reported. Jones-Story, 34, is among three Illinois state troopers to die in a traffic-related incident this year.

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Trooper Gerald Ellis (Illinois State Police)

Trooper Gerald Ellis, 36, was killed just two days later by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 94 near Libertyville. In January, a vehicle hit Trooper Christopher Lambert near Northbrook.

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