Trucker Indicted In Crash That Killed Trooper

Georgia man faces two felony counts following November fatal crash

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    Trooper Kyle Deatherage joined the Illinois State Police in 2009.

    Update: The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Felton was asleep at the wheel when he allegedly crashed into State Trooper Kyle Deatherage. 

    A grand jury voted to indict a Georgia man Monday in connection with a crash that killed an Illinois State Police trooper last November.

    Johnny B. Felton Jr., 52, faces felony charges of Reckless Homicide.

    Felton was driving a tractor-trailer that struck and killed Trooper Kyle Deatherage, 32, who was conducting a traffic stop along Interstate 55 near Litchfield.

    He's alleged to have been driving at a "speed which was greater than was reasonable and proper with regard to the existing traffic conditions and the safety of persons properly upon the roadway." The indictment also states that Felton failed to change lanes or reduce speed after observing the emergency lights.

    If convicted, Felton could receive a sentence ranging from probation to up to 14 years in prison.

    Felton was also indicted on a second felony count alleging he did not have a valid commercial driver's license to transport goods outside of the state of Georgia.

    Felton was taken into custody in Georgia on Tuesday and waived extradition. His bond was set at $250,000.00 on both charges.

    Deatherage was a married father of two children and was a trooper since May 2009.