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Dot Foods truck driver indicted in Illinois trooper death


(WGEM) -- A grand jury has indicted a Dot Foods truck driver in the death of an Illinois State Trooper.

Illinois State Trooper Kyle Deatherage died Nov. 26 when a tractor-trailer reportedly struck him on Interstate 55 near Litchfield.

Johnny Felton, 52, of Hinesville, Georgia now faces charges of felony reckless homicide and operating a commercial motor vehicle without the proper license.

Illinois State Police say Felton was taken into custody today in Georgia.

In December, federal regulators found that Felton wasn't medically fit to drive commercially.

In January, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Dot Foods and Felton by Deatherage's wife. (Read: "Lawsuit filed after Illinois trooper's death")

A Dot Foods spokesman says Felton still works for the company, but is no longer driving.

The Mt. Sterling, Illinois based company issued the following release:

The management and employees of Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI) continue to express their deepest sympathies to the family of the Illinois patrolman who lost his life in a tragic accident on I-55 last November.
Today we learned that the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office has filed charges against DTI driver John Felton of reckless homicide and allegedly driving a commercial vehicle in Illinois when he did not hold an interstate commercial driver's license (CDL).  
DTI has fully cooperated with the authorities and assisted them in their investigation as requested. DTI has not completed its own internal investigation nor has it seen all of the information that Grand Jury reviewed prior to issuing the Indictment.
It is DTI's policy that no driver will drive for DTI unless he or she has a valid medical card and is in full compliance with the Federal Motor Safety Act.  DTI was not informed of and unaware of any reason which would indicate this driver was unable to safely operate DTI's truck.  DTI cannot release information about the driver's medical condition because of statutory restrictions and out of respect for the employee's privacy.
The driver in question is a 25-year veteran of the armed forces who rose to the rank of sergeant and commanded 80 troops.  He was hired by DTI after an honorable discharge and had a clean driving record at the time of hire.
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