UPDATE: Truck Driver Accused Of Accidentally Killing Tollway Worker Enters Plea

By WTVO WQRF Newsroom

Published 01/28 2014 08:43AM

Updated 03/03 2014 03:08PM

UPDATE (3/3/14): Velasquez pleaded not guilty Monday in a DuPage County Courtroom.

AURORA - A multi-vehicle crash kills one and injures another on I-88 near Naperville, closing the intersection.

A truck driver is now charged with the death of an Illinois Tollway employee. Renato Velasquez of Hanover Park is now charged with operating a CMV while fatigued and driving beyond the 11 and 14-hour rules.

He’s also charged with failing to reduce speed and failure to yield to a stationary emergency vehicle.

A section of the eastbound lanes on Interstate 88 were shut down Monday evening at Aurora after an accident caused by a semi-tractor-trailer truck injured an Illinois State Police Trooper and killed a State Tollway Driver. The Illinois Tollway identified the worker as 39-year-old Vincent Petrella, while the trooper suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. As of early this morning, the eastbound lanes between Farnsworth and Eola are still blocked off.

And the Tollway has issued a statement.

"Vincent was an equipment operator laborer for the illinois tollway since 2005, but began his career as a toll collector. Vincent was a hard-working, family man and father of two who was committed to doing his best each day to serve our customers on the tollway."

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