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State Trooper Killed In I-55 Crash Near Litchfield
Struck by Semi During a Traffic Stop
Posted Date: 11/27/2012

By JAMIE FORSYTHE — Belleville News-Democrat

Deatherage, KyleLITCHFIELD — A 32-year-old Illinois State Police trooper was killed in a fatal crash Monday morning while conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 55 near Litchfield. Trooper Kyle Deatherage was killed when he was struck by a truck-tractor semi on I-55 at milepost 62. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Trooper Deatherage left a legacy of courage and duty and today he is surrounded by the respect of his fellow officers and by the love of his friends and family," Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau said in a released statement. "Our hearts are heavy with grief, but they are also strengthened by Trooper Deatherage's brave calling."

Deatherage had been a member of the Illinois State Police since May 31, 2009. He was assigned to District 18 as a motorcycle officer. Prior to working for Illinois State Police, Deatherage worked for the Madison County Sheriff's Department from July 7, 2004 to May 28, 2009. He was awarded the Highland Optimist Club Law Enforcement Award in 2007 at the annual Respect for Law banquet in Highland. Glen Carbon Police Chief John Lakin described Deatherage as a "dedicated law enforcement officer." Lakin and Deatherage worked together at the sheriff's department. "He did his job, and he did it well," Lakin said. "More importantly, Kyle was dedicated to his family and his children."

Deatherage is survived by two young children and his wife, Sarah. Deatherage was a 1998 graduate of Triad High School. Both lanes of northbound Interstate 55 were closed as police investigated the fatal accident.

Deatherage was recently a part of a deployment of officers from Illinois as a part of ILEAS. Bloomington Lieutenant Tim Stanesa worked with Deatherage during their stay in New Jersey.

This incident is another tragic reminder that motorists should obey "Scott's Law" and whenever they see a traffic stop ahead, they should slow and move to another lane to avoid injury or death for those involved.

Trooper Deatherage will be mourned by Officers with the Bloomington Police Department for his commitment to the citizens of the State of Illinois.  

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