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ISP trooper on patrol accused of running over pedestrian

MARION, IL (KFVS) -

Illinois State Police are investigating one of their own after a man was run over while crossing a street in Marion late Tuesday night.

The state police say the trooper was on routine patrol shortly before 10 p.m. when he struck a man who was crossing Illinois Route 13 at the Russell Street intersection.

Police say the trooper was not in pursuit and his emergency lights were not on at the time of the crash.

The officer was on patrol traveling westbound on Route 13 when the officer saw a pedestrian in the middle of the road. The officer tried to avoid hitting the pedestrian, but was unable to avoid striking the pedestrian.

The officer immediately responded by notifying emergency personnel and rendering first aid, according to ISP.

"An ISP car on patrol collided with a pedestrian in the roadway at that intersection," said Lt. Steve Shields with ISP.  "At this time the pedestrian was taken by ambulance to the Marion Hospital."

The pedestrian was later transported to a St. Louis area hospital.

An ISP crash reconstructionist was called into investigate.

"Safety is our first priority and we are concerned anytime the safety of the public or our officers is compromised. Based on the preliminary investigation, the officer was traveling under the speed limit at a safe speed, and by all indications the officer was in compliance with Illinois State Police policy. As part of the investigation, traffic crash investigators are in the process of reconstructing the accident scene and have obtained surveillance video from area cameras," said Lt Tom Stehley with ISP.  "We will conduct a thorough investigation and I want to commend this officer for acting swiftly and possibly saving the pedestrian's life.  As soon as the investigation is complete, the department will release its findings."

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