The driver of a semi that hit Illinois State Trooper James Sauter's cruiser may have been asleep, according to a preliminary report.
According to police, statements made by the driver also back up that report. However, Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said a reconstruction of the March 28 crash has not been fully completed and a final report could take several additional months to complete. Bond also said other factors could play a role in the crash.
Sauter, 28, was in his idling cruiser on the shoulder of a road in Chicago's northern suburbs when the truck hit it from behind. The driver of the truck, who was hospitalized for burns, has not been charged.
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