ISP: Driver that killed State Trooper should not have legally been driving

By WEEK Reporter

December 7, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:18 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- The driver who struck and killed an Illinois State Trooper last week should not have legally been able to drive a semi-truck.

District 18 Trooper Kyle Deatherage was killed last Monday, after being struck by the semi during a traffic stop on I-55.

Trooper Dustin Pierce says an investigation into the accident is on-going but that the driver had a "disqualifying medical condition" that should have kept him from getting a Commercial Drivers' License or CDL.

Now, the spouses of District 8 Troopers are holding a fundraiser to help the young family he leaves behind.

"With this, we know that Trooper Deatherage's family is going to need a lot of things down the road," said Trooper Dustin Pierce. "He was a very young trooper. He had a lot of time left in his career."

Apricot Lane will host a fundraiser tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at both their Peoria and Normal locations.

The store is co-owned by Jena Green, the wife of a District 8 Trooper.

Many area business have donated items for the event which includes a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and gift wrapping for donations.

If you're unable to make it to the event but would like to donate, two memorial funds have been set up at Scott Credit Union Scott Credit Union, 12455 State Route 143, Highland, Illinois 62249 for anyone wishing to contribute.

One is an education fund for Trooper Deatherage's two young children. The other is a scholarship fund for a student entering into law enforcement.

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