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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.

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