Family of woman killed in state trooper crash files lawsuit

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The family of a Decatur woman killed in a crash with an Illinois State Police trooper has filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit.

The complaint filed Wednesday alleges the officer negligently and carelessly operated his vehicle and it names the trooper, the agency and the state.

Twenty-six-year-old Kelly Wilson died in May from her injuries.

The lawsuit says Trooper Jeff Denning was driving at over 100 mph without emergency sirens activated just before the crash as he pursued a man wanted in connection with an officer-involved shooting in Mahomet.

The attorney for Wilson’s family, Tim Shay, says the trooper shouldn’t have been driving so fast.

A police spokesman declined comment.

The Macon County State’s Attorney has turned the case over to the state appellate prosecutor’s office for review.