An Illinois hit-and-run accident has led to a three-year sentence for man from Minooka, according to the Chicago Tribune. The defendant struck an Illinois state trooper who was involved in a traffic stop in April, 2010 on Interstate 80 in Kendall County. After the collision, the defendant fled the scene.
The 37-year-old motorist hit the trooper at the Ridge Road exit ramp getting off Interstate 80 traveling at an excessive speed, according to a representative from the Kendall County States Attorney’s Office.
After the accident, the defendant did not report the incident to authorities and days later he relocated the car to a parking lot on the west side of Chicago. During the crash investigation, police learned the make and model of the vehicle from debris left at the site. They were then somehow able to identify a passenger in the vehicle, who then identified the Minooka resident as the driver.
When questioned by police, the motorist initially denied he was involved but later changed his story and took police to his vehicle.
The Illinois state trooper sustained multiple fractures due to the collision. On the date of sentencing, the hit-and-run driver apologized to the officer in court. Several other troopers were at the sentencing as well.
The article does not state whether the trooper was a pedestrian or inside his squad car at the time of the accident. It was also not reported if a Chicago injury lawyer is involved in the case and/or a civil lawsuit has been filed against the hit-and-run driver.
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