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K9 police officer, service dog killed

A veteran police officer from Pontiac and his service dog were killed in a crash on I-55 Wednesday night.

Casey Kohlmeier, 29, and his K9 partner Draco were in a marked police car on Interstate 55 just north of Pontiac when they were struck by another car heading northbound.

Jason Collins, 33, has been charged with a DUI in the  accident.

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A man from South Carolina has been charged in connection with the death of a Pontiac police officer and his K-9 partner.

The Livingston County States Attorney’s Office has charged Jason Collins, 33, with a DUI.

Collins was driving northbound on Interstate 55 when his pick up truck allegedly struck Officer Kohlmeier’s SUV in the center cross over.

A memorial service for Kohlmeier will be held Saturday at Pontiac High School.

A veteran police officer from Pontiac and his service dog were killed in a crash on I-55 Wednesday night.

29-year-old Casey Kohlmeier and his K9 partner Draco were in a marked police car on Interstate 55 just north of Pontiac around 9:30 p.m. While in a median turnaround, the police car was hit by another car heading northbound.

The officer and dog were killed. The other driver is hospitalized.

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Linda Schmidt, Kohlmeier’s mother, said he bought a house in February and was hoping to build a life with Draco and his girlfriend Alicia. She says she takes some comfort in knowing her son died doing what he loved and with the dog that was like family.

Fellow officers honored the 6 year veteran who served in the Air Force before joining the Pontiac department by lowering flags to half-staff

Illinois State Police are now investigating the fatal crash.

A veteran police officer from Pontiac and his service dog were killed in a crash on I-55 Wednesday night.

29-year-old Casey Kohlmeier had been with the department for six years.

CaseyKohlmeierHe and his K-9 partner, Draco, worked together for five years.

Kohlmeier was on-duty Wednesday night and parked in the median of I-55 near Pontiac.

Police say another driver struck his vehicle killing the officer and his service dog.

The driver of the second car is hospitalized today.

Flags at the police department in Pontiac have been lowered to half-staff.

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