Illinois State Police Trooper struck and killed by truck during traffic stop

ROCKFORD, IL — Illinois State Police say they’re mourning the loss of one of their own after a trooper was hit by a truck and killed on Thursday afternoon during a traffic stop near Rockford.

Trooper Brooke Jones-Story was a 12-year veteran of the department and was performing an inspection of a vehicle when she was hit by an oncoming truck tractor semi trailer.

Recently, the South Dakota Highway Patrol posted its own video of a trooper helping a stranded motorist and almost being hit by an oncoming vehicle.

“Sorry, this isn’t the clearest video but on Saturday night, March 16th, a Trooper was helping a stranded motorist change a flat tire. As they were doing so the Trooper noticed a vehicle coming toward them; over the fog line. The Trooper was able to quickly pull the occupant out of the way. The Trooper then focused his efforts on addressing the violation. South Dakota has a Move Over Law that requires vehicles to change lanes. Luckily no one was hurt and the violation was properly addressed,” the South Dakota Highway Patrol wrote.

South Dakota’s Move Over law requires vehicles to change lanes and slow down when passing any vehicle displaying yellow flashing lights.

It’s designed to ensure that both emergency personnel and motorists experiencing mechanical issues make it home safe. Violations are a Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $200 and/or 60 days in jail.

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