An Illinois state trooper was killed in the line of duty Thursday near Freeport, Illinois, according to a report by ABC 7 Chicago.
Lieutenant Colonel Brendan F. Kelly, Acting Director of the Illinois State Police, sadly reports the death of Trooper Brooke Jones-Story.
Trooper Jones-Story, 34, died as a result of injuries she sustained when she was struck by a semi truck tractor and trailer combination vehicle.
Illinois State Police mourn the loss of Trooper Brooke Jones-Story #5966.
She was struck by a truck tractor semi trailer while outside of her squad car on a traffic stop on US Route 20 near Freeport, IL.
Rest peacefully. We will never forget you.
End of Watch 3-28-19 pic.twitter.com/8WUNBmRW6S
— IllinoisStatePolice (@ILStatePolice) March 28, 2019
Trooper Jones-Story had made a traffic stop on a semi truck and trailer for a minor violation. While she was conducting an inspection of that vehicle, another semi truck and trailer combination vehicle struck the rear of her patrol vehicle.
The semi truck vehicle then struck her while she was outside her patrol vehicle and the semi truck that she was inspecting. Both trucks involved became engulfed in flames.
Governor JB Pritzker had just announced a concerted effort to enforce Scott’s Law, a measure requiring motorists to move over a lane for stopped emergency vehicles. The law was created in 2002 after Chicago firefighter Scott Gillen was struck and killed by a drunken motorist while he was on the side of the highway assisting with a crash.
The driver from this week’s crash was cited by authorities for improper lane usage and violation of Scott’s law, seemingly light infractions for actions that led to a trooper’s death.
So far this year, 6 law enforcement officers have been killed by being struck by vehicles on roadways, with another 5 involved in auto-related deaths. These are completely preventable deaths, and yet we continue to lose more of our heroes every day.
“No driver needs to get to their destination so quickly that needs to put a trooper’s life at risk,” Pritzker said during a press conference earlier in the week.
Since January 1st, vehicles have struck a total of 15 Illinois troopers. This trend is way up, after a total of 8 were hit in 2018.
“Today is a dark day for the Illinois State Police family,” said Brendan Kelly, acting director of the Illinois State Police. “How many times does this have to happen? How many more have to be hurt or killed? When’s enough, enough?”
Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) Executive Director Dianne Bernhard commented on the preventable loss of Trooper Jones-Story.
The overhead signs tonight on the Tollway showed a quote from ISP Acting Director Kelly following the tragic death of Trooper Brooke Jones-Story today. #EnoughIsEnough #MoveOver #SlowDown #NoMoreExcuses #ThisHasToStop #DoTheRightThing #OurLivesDependOnIt pic.twitter.com/rzI1TVfoiV
— IllinoisStatePolice (@ILStatePolice) March 29, 2019
Trooper Jones-Story had served the Illinois State Police for twelve years. She was assigned to the 16thDistrict in Pecatonica. She is survived by her husband who is a retired Illinois State Trooper, two step children, and a step grandchild in addition to extended family members.
“The men and women of this department, especially the troopers and colleagues of trooper Jones-Story, are sad, hurting and they’re angry,” Kelly said.
Trooper Brooke Jones-Story is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Thursday, March 28, 2019.