(KMOV) – A memorial sign on Thursday was placed on Interstate 55 near Litchfield to honor the life of an Illinois State Police officer who was struck and killed by a semi truck during a traffic stop in November 2012.
Trooper Kyle Deatherage was conducting a traffic stop on the shoulder of northbound I-55 at mile marker 62 on Nov. 26 when he was struck by the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The dedication ceremony was held at ISP District 18 headquarters, the district Deatherage last worked. His wife, Sarah, his son, Camden and daughter, Kaylee, were all in attendance along with other state officials.
“Trooper Kyle Deatherage’s legacy will forever be remembered by those who were fortunate enough to have known him,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “Kyle was one of the good ones…an all around special person who always gave of himself and never expected anything in return.”
The driver of the truck, 52-year-old Johnny Felton Jr. was charged in April with reckless homicide and operating a semi-truck in violation of license restrictions.
In December, federal regulators found that Felton wasn’t medically fit to drive commercially. He later told investigators he had fallen asleep at the wheel.
The truck company, Dot Foods Inc., and Felton face a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Deatherage’s widow, Sarah.
The trucking company later said it had no evidence the driver’s medical conditions played a role in the accident.