Illinois state trooper struck, killed by wrong-way driver near Libertyville

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — An Illinois state trooper was struck and killed by a wrong-way driver near Libertyville on Saturday morning.

It happened about 3:25 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-94 in Green Oaks when the wrong-way driver, who was traveling eastbound, struck Trooper Gerald Ellis head on.

Ellis, 36, was taken to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Authorities said Ellis was a U.S. military veteran who had been with Illinois State Police for 11 years. He was married with two young daughters.

Police said the driver who caused the crash was also killed. That person's name has not yet been released.

Ellis is the second state trooper to die on Illinois roads this week and the third to die this year. Trooper Brooke Jones-Story died Thursday after being struck by a semi-truck while inspecting a different truck near Freeport. Trooper Christopher Lambert was killed in January while responding to a three-car crash on I-294 in Northbrook.

Illinois State Police said those wishing to make donations to Ellis' family can visit or mail funds to Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 8168, Springfield, Illinois 62791. People are asked to mention the Trooper Gerald Ellis Memorial Fund.

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