COLLINSVILLE, ILL–(KMOX)–Holding back tears, his commanding officer announced funeral arrangements for State Trooper Kyle Deatherage, a Highland native killed in the line of duty when he was struck by a tractor trailer Monday.
“We’ll find out how it happened,” said District 18 Commander Captain Scott Compton, “We’ll find out what happened. But we’ll never know why it happened from the bigger picture of things.”
The 32-year old trooper, who had recently transferred to the day shift to spend more time with his wife and two young children, had parked his motorcycle along the shoulder of Interstate 55 near Litchfield around 9:30 Monday morning, when he was hit as he stood near a vehicle he had pulled over.
Compton declined to discuss the direction of the investigation, except to say that standard questions are being asked: Were drugs or alcohol involved? Was the truck driver impaired in any way? Was sleepiness a factor? Did the driver fail to obey the slow-down-or-move-over law for emergency vehicles on the side of the road?
Deatherage was praised as “a model trooper,” a man with “quiet confidence and compassion.”
Growing up in Highland, Deatherage attended Triad High School, then Lewis and Clark Community college. He worked as a Madison County sheriff’s deputy in 2004 and took a job with state police in 2009.
Deatherage is survived by his wife Sarah, and their children, Kaylee, 4, and Camden, ten-months old.
Visitation is set for Friday November 30 from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Triad High School, 703 East Highway 40 in Troy, Illinois. The funeral is scheduled for Saturday at ten in the morning at Triad High School with burial following at Marine City Cemetery.
A memorial fund for Deatherage’s family has been set up the Scott Credit Union located at 12455 State Route 143 in Highland, Illinois.