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Trooper Bernard D. Skeeters | Illinois State Police, Illinois Illinois State Police, Illinois

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Bernard D. Skeeters

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, May 20, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 1736

Cause: Automobile accident

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Trooper Bernard Skeeters was killed when his patrol car was struck from behind by a tractor trailer on I-55.

Working a safety detail at about 9:00 a.m., Trooper Skeeters was patrolling southbound on I-55 behind an Illinois Department of Transportation paint truck. A semi-trailer truck driver, having fallen asleep behind the wheel, slammed into Trooper Skeeters' squad car. Trooper Skeeters' squad
car was forced into the IDOT paint truck which was carrying flammable paints and thinners. Both the squad car and paint truck exploded and were engulfed in flames. The three vehicle accident instantly killed Trooper Skeeters. The drivers of both the IDOT truck and the semi-trailer survived the accident.

The semi-trailer driver was charged with reckless homicide. However, a jury could not reach a unanimous decision to convict him.

Trooper Bernard D. Skeeters was a 12-year veteran of the Illinois State Police; He was assigned to District 9 in Springfield. Trooper Skeeters was survived by his wife and three sons.

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Today is the 34th anniversary of your death. You lived in my district, you will be missed.

Bill Benedict
May 20, 2016

 

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