Off-duty deputy killed helping stranded motorist

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MORRIS, Ill. (AP) — An off-duty Cook County sheriff’s deputy was killed when the stalled vehicle he was working on was hit. Sunday, Officer Ronald Prohasca, 50, was positioned in the engine compartment when the stalled vehicle was struck on a bridge in northern Illinois.

Authorities say several people were taken to the hospital. Prohasca was airlifted to a hospital where he died from his injuries. Matthew Taylor, of Morris, was cited for failing to reduce speed.

Prohasca was hired as a corrections officer in 1994 and became a deputy in 2004. The accident is still under investigation.

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