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Semi Driver And Victims Named In Fatal I-88 Crash

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2014

AURORA, Ill. (AP) – Charges have been filed against the driver of a semi that plowed into an Illinois State Police cruiser on Interstate 88 in Aurora, killing an Illinois Tollway worker and injuring a state trooper.

The Monday accident killed 39-year-old maintenance worker Vincent Petrella. State Trooper Douglas Balder is in critical but stable condition at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

Renato Velasquez of Hanover Park is charged with operating a commercial vehicle while impaired. The collision pushed the cruiser into the back of a tollway vehicle.

The tollway worker and trooper were hit while dealing with a stranded vehicle.

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