A Cook County sheriff’s deputy was killed in a fiery crash after he stopped to help a stalled motorist on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 18.
Officer Ronald Prohaska, 50, pulled over on a bridge over the Illinois River at approximately 4 p.m. to help a driver whose vehicle stalled on the southbound incline.
As he was working on the disabled vehicle’s engine compartment, another vehicle slammed into the stalled car.
Prohaska was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where he died of his injuries.
Several victims–including the officer’s 7-year-old daughter–were taken to Morris Hospital for treatment.
The driver of the vehicle that caused the fiery crash was identified as Matthew Taylor, of Morris. He was cited for failure to reduce speed.
Prohaska was hired as a correctional officer in 1994 and became a deputy in 2004, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).
“Our hearts are broken and our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” the CCSO said in a statement.