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October 2, 2014, 3:30 am
970 WMAY News

Truck Driver Could Face Criminal Charges In Trooper Death


It may take a few more weeks for charges to be filed against the driver of a big rig that struck and killed a state trooper last week south of Springfield. 

 

Montgomery County State’s Attorney Chris Matoush says that there is an ongoing criminal investigation into the actions of driver Johnny Felton, Jr.  He has admitted to authorities that a medical condition caused him to lose consciousness, leading to the collision that killed Trooper Kyle Deatherage.

 

Felton could face charges ranging from reckless driving to reckless homicide or manslaughter.  Matoush says that the fatal accident could also be a violation of Scott’s Law, which requires drivers to slow down and move over when approaching a police vehicle on the shoulder with its emergency lights active. 

 

Felton has already been ordered by federal trucking authorities to stop driving commercially.

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