3rd trooper killed this year on Ill. roads

A trooper was killed when a wrong-way driver struck his squad car

Duty Death: Trooper Gerald Ellis - [Green Oaks, Illinois]

End of Service: 03/29/2019


Associated Press

GREEN OAKS, Ill. — The Illinois State Police say a trooper was killed while on-duty when a wrong-way vehicle struck his squad car on Interstate 94 in northern Illinois.

The agency says 36-year-old Trooper Gerald Ellis was driving home Saturday when he was hit at about 3:25 a.m. in Green Oaks. The vehicle was driving eastbound in the westbound expressway lanes and struck Ellis' squad car head-on. Ellis died at a hospital at about 4 a.m. Ellis was an 11-year state police veteran with District 15 in Downers Grove.

Trooper Gerald Ellis (Photo / Illinois State Police)
Trooper Gerald Ellis (Photo / Illinois State Police)

Ellis is the second state trooper to die on Illinois roads this week and the third trooper to die this year. Trooper Brooke Jones-Story was killed when a truck struck her in Freeport. A vehicle fatally hit Trooper Christopher Lambert in January near Northbrook.

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