Illinois State Trooper Gerald Ellis, 36, was killed early Saturday morning when a wrong-way driver struck his squad car head-on.
Trooper Ellis was on-duty, traveling home on I-94 near mile marker 16 in Green Oaks at 3:25 a.m., when a driver, headed eastbound in the westbound lanes, struck him head-on.
ISP says Trooper Ellis was taken to a nearby hospital, but died at 4:04 a.m.
“While the men and women of the Illinois State Police are still grieving our recent loss, it is with profound heartache and unfathomable sadness that we inform you of the death of another fallen trooper, Trooper Gerald Ellis. Trooper Ellis laid down his life while protecting the citizens of this state. We are asking the public to respectfully give consideration to the family of Trooper Ellis and the ISP while we continue to process and work through this tragedy,” stated Acting Director Brendan Kelly.
Trooper Ellis was an 11-year veteran of the Illinois State Police District 15.