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Illinois correctional officer dies in crash, colleague arrested

One Cook County sheriff's correctional officer was killed and another arrested in a three-vehicle crash recently in Woodridge, Illinois.

The crash occurred at Davey and Joliet roads and involved the two men, driving their individual cars, and a light-duty box truck. Few details about the incident were available as police continued to work on reconstructing the accident.

What is known is that a 27-year-old correctional officer from Addison was killed and his colleague, a 30-year-old officer from Berwyn, was arrested and charged with drunken driving. Woodridge police also said excessive speeding could have contributed to the crash. The driver of the box truck wasn't ticketed in the incident.

The man who was killed had worked in the Cook County Jail for about two years. The other man had worked there about four years.

A spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff's Office said she couldn't comment on the crash but said it was being investigated by the department's Office of Professional Review. The department's Facebook page contained this message the day after the correctional officer died.

"Yesterday was a devastating day. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and our staff today and in the difficult days, weeks and years to come."

The man who was charged in the case was de-deputized after the crash. He posted bail in Will County and was released. His next court appearance was set for Jan. 9.

The family of the man who was killed could need assistance with final expenses. Those he left behind likely will need financial help as they move forward without him and might want to seek the assistance of an attorney experienced in such cases.

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