A 12-year-veteran of the Illinois State Police was killed on Thursday afternoon when a semi-trailer struck her and her squad car as she was inspecting another semi on US 20 near Freeport.
According to the Illinois State Police, Trooper Brooke Jones-Story, 34, was inspecting a semi on US 20 westbound, just west of Illinois Route 75 when, at 12:20 p.m, she was struck while outside of her squad car.
No other injuries were reported.
“Today is a dark day for the Illinois State Police family. This is the six-year anniversary of the death of another Trooper, and now another brave soul, Trooper Brooke Jones-Story, has made the ultimate sacrifice for people of this state. At this very moment, the men and women of the ISP are responding and focused on the job and mission, because that’s what Trooper Jones-Story would do,” stated Acting Director Brendan F. Kelly.
A criminal investigation is underway into the circumstances of Jones-Story’s death, and whether the driver of the semi violated Scott’s Law, or the “Move Over“ law, which mandates that drivers move over and slow down for stopped emergency vehicles.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker tweeted: “Our state troopers do incredible work keeping the public safe, and it is devastating to the entire state that another has been killed on the side of a highway. My thoughts and prayers are with this family, who should not have to grieve today.“
My thoughts and prayers are with this family, who should not have to grieve today.— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) March 28, 2019
The Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency posted a notice on Facebook saying US 20 from Bus 20 east of Freeport to IL-26 is closed until further notice.