(WGEM) - A Belleville attorney has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dot Foods and one of its drivers in connection with the November death of an Illinois State Trooper.
Attorney Thomas Keefe filed the lawsuit on behalf Sarah Deatherage, the wife of Trooper Kyle Deatherage, who was killed Nov. 26 during a routine traffic stop.
Authorities say Deatherage, 32, was conducting the traffic stop on Interstate 55 near Litchfield when he was allegedly struck by a DOT Foods truck. Deatherage died at the scene.
Keefe says he believes the driver of the Dot Foods truck, Johnny Felton Jr., lost consciousness because of diabetes when he allegedly ran off the road and struck Deatherage.
"I handle lots of serious cases involving severe injury or death, but this case made me angry," Keefe told WGEM News.
Keefe believes the driver should not have been on the road because of his medical condition.
"The driver's conduct was horrendous," Keefe said. "This case cries out for justice."
Dot Foods issued the following statement on Thursday:
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