SWANSEA, Ill. (KSDK) - An Illinois State Police trooper hit and killed a pedestrian in Swansea early Tuesday morning.
Illinois State Police said the accident happened as the trooper was transporting a DUI suspect to St. Clair County Jail for DUI processing at approximately 1:24 a.m. on Highway 159.
Police say they have determined through an investigation the trooper was driving under the posted speed limit when the trooper came upon eight to ten illegally parked semi trucks. There were a number of people around the trucks, and witnesses say the victim was running in the southbound lanes near the center dotted line when the accident occurred.
The victim has been identified as 46-year-old Jim Gaskill of Monmouth, Ill. He was pronounced dead at the scene.