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Dot Foods trucker being investigated in trooper's death


(WGEM) -- An official with Dot Foods has confirmed that the driver involved in the Nov. 26 death of Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Deatherage is an employee of the Mount Sterling corporation. 

Dot Foods Senior Vice President Jim Tracy says the driver, Johnny Felton Jr. was driving for a truck for the company, and the accident is currently under investigation. Tracy said Felton is still an employee but is not allowed to drive until the investigation is finished. 

Felton is licensed in Georgia, where he currently lives.

According to the Associated Press, federal regulators say Felton admitted to losing consciousness before his truck struck and killed an Illinois State Police trooper making a freeway traffic stop.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered Felton to immediately stop driving commercially, saying he's an imminent hazard because he failed to exercise appropriate care regarding his medical conditions.

The department didn't identify what conditions it said disqualify him from trucking.

Deatherage died at the scene shortly after being struck by a passing semi during a routine traffic stop along Interstate 55 near Litchfield.

(See "Illinois trooper hit, killed by passing semi rig")

The AP did contact Felton Tuesday by telephone at his home in Hinesville, Ga., but he declined to comment.

Tracy added that no criminal charges have been filed against Felton as of Tuesday morning.

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