MONTGOMERY COUNTY (WREX) — A 52-year-old Georgia man has been indicted on reckless homicide for the death of 32-year-old Illinois State Trooper Kyle Deatherage.
Deatherage was killed in the line of duty near Litchfield on November 26, 2012, when a truck-tractor semi hit him on I-55.
Johnny B. Felton Jr. was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury on Monday, April 22. According to a release sent by Illinois State Police the indictment alleges Felton was driving the semi that hit Deatherage at a speed "greater than was reasonable and proper with regard to the existing traffic conditions and the safety of persons properly upon the roadway."
The indictment also says Felton did not change lanes or reduce his speed when he saw a stationary emergency vehicle with its lights activated. Instead, the indictment alleges Felton went across the fog line, causing the semi to hit Deatherage.
Felton has also been charged with a second felony count that alleges he willfully drove a commercial motor vehicle in Illinois when not in possession of a valid commercial driver's license. His license was issued in Georgia and only allowed intrastate commerce driving. The charge carries a sentencing range of probation to three years in prison. He faces a sentencing range of probation to 14 years in prison for his other charge.
Felton was arrested on Tuesday, April 23, in Hinesville, Georgia. He waived extradition and is being transported to Illinois for an arraignment.
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