COPY-Signs at I-55 stretch honor late Illinois trooper - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

COPY-Signs at I-55 stretch honor late Illinois trooper

LITCHFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Two Interstate 55 rest stops in central Illinois now bear the name of a state trooper killed on the freeway last year.

Kyle Deatherage's family joined Illinois State Police in dedicating signs Thursday that designate the rest stops near Litchfield in Deatherage's honor. The action was approved earlier this year by Illinois' General Assembly.

Deatherage was a 32-year-old motorcycle trooper when he was hit and killed by a passing tractor-trailer last November during a traffic stop along the highway, about 45 miles south of Springfield.

The trucker, 52-year-old Johnny Felton Jr. of Hinesville, Ga., is charged with reckless homicide and operating a commercial motor vehicle without a proper license. He has pleaded not guilty.

Deatherage was a married father of 2 children and had been a trooper since May 2009.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Heartland NewsNewsMore>>

  • Police: Armed, dangerous suspect wanted after Sikeston armed robbery

    Police: Armed, dangerous suspect wanted after Sikeston armed robbery

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:25 PM EDT2018-07-17 16:25:01 GMT
    An armed and dangerous suspect is wanted in connection with an armed robbery at the Dollar General in Sikeston, Mo. (Source: Sikeston DPS)An armed and dangerous suspect is wanted in connection with an armed robbery at the Dollar General in Sikeston, Mo. (Source: Sikeston DPS)

    An armed and dangerous man is wanted after a reported armed robbery at a Sikeston, Missouri store on Monday, July 16.

    An armed and dangerous man is wanted after a reported armed robbery at a Sikeston, Missouri store on Monday, July 16.

  • breaking

    FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY on Friday due to severe weather

    FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY on Friday due to severe weather

    Thursday, July 19 2018 2:26 PM EDT2018-07-19 18:26:34 GMT
    A First Alert Action Day has been declared for Friday, July 20 due to severe weather. (Source: Stock image/Raycom Media)A First Alert Action Day has been declared for Friday, July 20 due to severe weather. (Source: Stock image/Raycom Media)
    A First Alert Action Day has been declared for Friday, July 20 due to severe weather. (Source: Stock image/Raycom Media)A First Alert Action Day has been declared for Friday, July 20 due to severe weather. (Source: Stock image/Raycom Media)

    A First Alert Action Day is being issued for Friday due to the threat of significant severe weather late in the day and into the evening.

    A First Alert Action Day is being issued for Friday due to the threat of significant severe weather late in the day and into the evening.

  • Search underway for one Pulaski County Detention Center escapee, one caught

    Search underway for one Pulaski County Detention Center escapee, one caught

    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:33 PM EDT2018-07-19 17:33:27 GMT
    Two inmates escaped from the Pulaski Co., Detention Center. One inmate was caught. The second inmate remains on the loose.  (Source: Raycom Media)Two inmates escaped from the Pulaski Co., Detention Center. One inmate was caught. The second inmate remains on the loose. (Source: Raycom Media)

    A search is underway for an inmate that escaped from the Pulaski County Detention Center, in Ullin, Illinois.

    A search is underway for an inmate that escaped from the Pulaski County Detention Center, in Ullin, Illinois.

Powered by Frankly