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Off-duty sheriff's investigator killed in crash with teen

The Illinois law enforcement community is mourning the death of an off-duty sheriff's investigator in Cook County, killed when his car was hit by a vehicle driven by an unlicensed teen.

The investigator was driving to his home in Chicago Ridge when the crash occurred just after midnight one recent Saturday. He was traveling along Virginia Avenue when the 16-year-old boy, who police said was driving his 2015 Nissan at an excessive speed, lost control rounding a curve and broadsided the investigator's 2002 Chevrolet.

The 51-year-old man was unresponsive at the scene and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center after being extricated from his car. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

A spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff's Office said the investigator had been employed with the department longer than 28 years. She told the media in an email that he was " an incredible colleague and friend to so many. Our hearts are broken for his family, his friends and all who were fortunate enough to know him."

The teen driver was booked into on felony charges of reckless homicide, driving without a license, driving too fast for conditions and driving in the wrong lane.

The investigator was one of three Illinois law-enforcement officers to be killed on the roads within a one-week time span. Two Illinois state troopers also were killed in crashes.

The man's family and colleagues will sorely miss him. After his immediate family has had time to grieve, they might consider consulting with an attorney to discuss their options to recoup all funeral and other costs they incurred as a result of the crash.

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