A wake was held tonight for a state trooper who was killed in the line of duty last week.
28-year-old James Sauter was in his squad car last Thursday, sitting on the shoulder of southbound I-294 in Glenview.
A semitrailer truck hit him from behind, causing both vehicles to burst into flames.
Sauter’s fellow troopers greeted mourners in full dress uniform as they arrived at the moraine valley church.
Sauter’s funeral is set for Tuesday at 11 a.m. at that same church.
The head of the 100 Club of Chicago presented trooper Sauter’s wife with a $15,000 check on Friday.
In a few weeks she will receive another $35,000 from the organization– a bit of help for the young widow, whose husband lost his life doing the job he loved.
The 28-year-old was killed late Thursday night on Interstate 294 near Willow Road when a semi-truck hit him from behind. Both vehicles burst into flames and the young trooper died at the scene.
Bond said it was not known if further charges could be filed because authorities have not finished reconstructing the site of the crash.
They’re hoping to determine how fast the truck was going and why the crash happened.