Driver pleads not guilty in trooper’s death

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FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — A truck driver accused of reckless homicide in the death of an Illinois State Police trooper allegedly fell asleep multiple times before the crash.

Craig Dittmar was allegedly driving the semitrailer which slammed into Trooper Brooke Jones-Story on March 28 while she inspected another semitrailer on Route 20 near Freeport.

During a preliminary hearing Thursday, State Police Sgt. Charles Davidson testified Dittmar admitted falling asleep and took a short nap earlier during his trip from Joliet.

Dittmar’s defense attorney argued against the state’s assertion he suffers from a condition which impairs his driving while the prosecution argued Dittmar continued driving despite knowing his condition prevented him from driving safely.

The judge found probable cause to charge Dittmar with two counts of reckless homicide and one count of operating while fatigued. Dittmar pleaded not guilty. 

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