ISP trooper killed near Freeport had ties to Mount Morris

April 3, 2019

MOUNT MORRIS – The Illinois state trooper killed Thursday while making traffic stop on U.S. Route 20 north of Freeport had connections to Ogle County.

Brooke Jones-Story, 34, of Stockton, was the wife of former Mount Morris police officer Robert Story Jr., a retired Illinois State Police master sergeant.

Jones-Story was a 12-year veteran of ISP District 16, headquartered in Pecatonica and serving Boone, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties.

She died in a fiery crash on westbound 20 just west of state Route 75 while inspecting a semi tractor-trailer on the side of the road.

Jones-Story pulled the semi over at 11:24 a.m. She was outside her squad car when she was struck at 12:20 p.m. by a semi tractor-trailer that also hit her squad car and the semi she was inspecting, the ISP said in a news release.

The driver of the semi that struck her was ticketed for improper lane usage and violating Scott’s Law, which requires drivers slow down and switch lanes, if possible, when approaching an emergency vehicle parked along the roadway.

His or her name has not yet been released because of the ongoing investigation, ISP officials have said.

Jones-Story was the second ISP trooper killed this year. A celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m. today at Warren High School in Warren, where she graduated in 2003.

Bartell-Leamon Funeral Home in Lena is handling arrangements; her obituary can be found at leamonfh.com.

Trooper Gerald Ellis was on duty in his squad car Saturday traveling home on westbound Interstate 94 in Green Oaks in northern Illinois when Dan Davies, 44, of Calumet, who was eastbound in the westbound lanes, struck him head-on. Ellis died at a hospital.

Ellis was an 11-year state police veteran with District 15 in Downers Grove. He was a U.S. military veteran and had a wife and two children.

Trooper Christopher Lambert was killed in January while he directed traffic during a snowstorm near a crash on Interstate 294 near Northbrook.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.