Trooper Chong Soo Lim

Trooper Chong Soo Lim

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, June 6, 1995

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Chong Soo Lim

Trooper Chong Soo Lim was killed when his patrol car was struck from behind and burst into flames during a traffic stop on the Northwest Tollway.

Trooper Lim stopped a car on I-90 near Hoffman Estates. He was sitting in his squad car when a pickup truck struck the rear of his vehicle and forced it into the automobile in front of him. The force of the collision caused the gas tank to explode and trapped Trooper Lim inside.

The 31-year-old driver, in the country illegally from Mexico, was arrested for DUI. He was later convicted of vehicular homicide and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Born in South Korea, Trooper Lim patrolled District 3 in Chicago upon graduating from the Academy. He transferred to the midnight shift in District 15, Oak Brook, just one month before his death. He is survived by his wife.

On June 5, 1996, District 15, Oak Brook, dedicated its operations area in memory of Trooper Lim.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 4348

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Monday, June 5, 1995
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender 8 year sentence

DUI, illegal alien, traffic stop, vehicle crash

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I am grateful that, as a passenger in 2023, I can safely learn about our fallen servicemen who gave their lives to keep my family safer in the road. I am sorry for his family's loss but thankful you were here when you were. You deserve your highway, Officer.

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June 10, 2023

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