State trooper hits, kills pedestrian

COLLINSVILLE -- A pedestrian is dead after being hit by a State Trooper squad car. It happened just before 1:30 am Tuesday.

The District 11 Trooper was on duty at the time, transferring an arrestee to St. Clair County jail to be processed for DUI. State Police say the trooper spotted a group of 8 - 10 illegally parked semi-trailers surrounded by pedestrians on Illinois 159 southbound, just north of Emerald Terrace.

Witnesses told police the pedestrian ran in the southbound lanes near the center dotted line. Reports show the trooper was driving under the speed limit at the time of the crash.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are continuing to investigate this incident.

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