Douglas Balder

Renato Velasquez (Credit: Illinois State Police)

Trucker Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison For Fatal I-88 Crash

A truck driver has been sentenced to three years in prison in connection with a crash last year on I-88 that killed a tollway worker and injured a state trooper.

04/20/2015

Illinois State Police Trooper Doug Balder (right), his wife  Kim (center), and his attorney Elizabeth Kaveny (left) speak to reporters about the January 2014 crash that left him severely injured, and killed an Illinois Tollway worker. Balder wants prosecutors to file reckless homicide charges against the trucker who allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, causing the fiery wreck. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Trooper, Supporters Call For Reckless Homicide Charges In Fatal Truck Crashes

An Illinois State Police trooper injured in a fiery crash one year ago was pressing DuPage County prosecutors to file more serious criminal charges against the trucker who allegedly caused the wreck.

01/27/2015

Renato Velasquez (Credit: Illinois State Police)

Injured Trooper’s Family Seeks More Serious Charges Against Trucker

The family of an Illinois State Police trooper who was severely injured last year in a crash that also killed a tollway worker has demanded more serious charges against the trucker blamed for the wreck.

01/27/2015

Illinois State Trooper Douglas Balder (right), and Trooper Kyle Fletcher. (Credit: Steve Miller)

State Trooper Injured In I-88 Crash Among Officers At St. Jude March

2,000 Chicago Police and other law enforcement officers assembled east of Soldier Field for the annual St. Jude March to honor fallen officers.

05/04/2014

Renato Velasquez (Credit: Illinois State Police)

Trucker Pleads Not Guilty In Tollway Crash That Killed IDOT Worker

A truck driver has pleaded not guilty to charges he falsified his logbook, after a crash that killed an IDOT worker and left a state trooper in a coma.

03/03/2014

Renato Velasquez (Credit: Illinois State Police)

Prosecutors: Trucker Had Been Working 37 Hours Before Fatal Wreck

Prosecutors said a truck driver accused of causing a fiery crash that killed a tollway worker and critically injured a state trooper had been on the job more than a day-and-a-half, with less than four hours of sleep.

01/29/2014