An Illinois state guard was killed in a line of avocation early Saturday after being struck by a automobile pushing in a wrong direction, military pronounced — a second officer to die in a roadside accident this week.
Gerald Ellis, 36, was in his patrol automobile headed home on I-94 in Green Oaks when, only before 3:30 a.m., a engineer streamer easterly on a westbound lanes, crashed into him, military said.
These troopers are only doing their jobs and perplexing to strengthen everyone.
Ellis, an 11-year veteran, was taken to a internal sanatorium though died about 30 mins later, according to a matter from Illinois State Police.
The collision comes a few days after another Illinois state trooper, Brooke Jones-Story, 34, was struck during a highway trade stop — a semi-trailer struck her, her patrol automobile and a tractor-trailer she was inspecting, military pronounced this week. Jones-Story was on a force for 12 years.
“While a group and women of a Illinois State Police are still lamentation a new loss, it is with surpassing suspense and infinite unhappiness that we surprise we of a genocide of another depressed trooper, Trooper Gerald Ellis. Trooper Ellis laid down his life while safeguarding a adults of this state,” pronounced Brendan Kelly, behaving executive of a department. “We are seeking a open to respectfully give care to a family of Trooper Ellis and a ISP while we continue to routine and work by this tragedy.”
The driver, who was alone in a vehicle, also died in a crash.
The engineer in a pile-up that killed Jones-Story, who was not identified, either, was cited with a defilement of Scott’s Law. The law mandates drivers to use counsel around puncture vehicles.
At slightest 16 troopers have been concerned in identical roadside crashes via a state this year, Kelly said.
Another state trooper, Christopher Lambert, was fatally struck outward his patrol automobile in January.
“These troopers are only doing their jobs and perplexing to strengthen everyone. How many times does this have to happen? How many some-more have to be harm or killed?” Kelly asked after Jones-Story’s accident.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker tweeted Saturday that Ellis died “while safeguarding a people of Illinois.”
“Our hearts are so heavy, as we suffer for his family and a family of state troopers who have suffered distant too most in 2019,” he wrote. “Please keep a @ILStatePolice in your prayers.”
State Trooper Gerald Ellis gave his life early this morning while safeguarding a people of Illinois.
Our hearts are so heavy, as we suffer for his family and a family of state troopers who have suffered distant too most in 2019.
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) March 30, 2019
The detriment of dual state troopers in a few days was being felt by other departments, too. A arch with a NYPD tweeted that a Illinois State Department was going by a “tragic few days.”
“We send a deepest condolences to their families and associate troopers. #NeverForget,” tweeted Chief Terence Monahan. #NeverForget
ABC News’ Josh Hoyos and Karma Allen contributed to this report.