COOK COUNTY, IL- Nbcchicago.com reports that an Illinois State Trooper died on Saturday, January 12, 2019, when he was hit by a car while responding to a collision on Interstate 294. The 34-year-old officer, Chris Lambert, was driving home when he spotted a car that had been in a crash on the left shoulder.*
Lambert exited his vehicle to check on the crashed vehicle. While the officer was outside of his vehicle, he was hit by a northbound vehicle at about 3:44 in the afternoon.
An off-duty nurse on the scene attempted CPR on the Lambert. The officer was taken to the Glenbrook Hospital where he was declared dead at 7:30 p.m.
Lambert served in the United States Army before joining the police force five years ago.
The driver who struck Lambert stopped. No charges have been filed at this time,but police are continuing to investigate the fatal incident.
The 100 Club, which supports the families offirst responders who were killed in the line of duty, stated on Sunday that they would help Lambert’s family as the officer left behind a wife and a one-year-old child.
The autopsy report indicated that the officer died of blunt force trauma and his death was determined to be an accident.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading cause of officers in the line of duty is motor-vehicle accidents. The CDC states that 564 officers were killed in the vehicle crashes between 2005 and 2016 making car accidents the cause of nearly one-thirdof all on-duty deaths. About 9 percent of overall deaths of officers in the line of duty were caused by officers being struck by vehicles.
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