A trucking company is responding to a wrongful-death lawsuit filed after one of the company’s drivers struck and killed an Illinois State Police trooper last year.
That suit was filed by the widow of Trooper Kyle Deatherage, who died when a trucker lost consciousness behind the wheel and struck Deatherage as he was conducting a traffic stop on I-55 south of Springfield. The suit names both the driver and his employer, Dot Foods.
But the company says it had no reason to think the driver could not operate the vehicle safely, and no indication that his medical condition caused the accident. Dot Foods says it was operating in compliance with federal regulations.