CHICAGO (CBS) — A 61-year-old woman has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for running over an Illinois State Police trooper on the Tri-State tollway two years ago, and causing a crash that injured four other people.
On Sept. 6, 2014, Trooper Michael Cokins was conducting a traffic stop on the right shoulder of the northbound lanes of I-294 near St. Charles Road, when a maroon Honda struck him. The Honda was straddling the shoulder at the time.READ MORE: With COVID-19 Omicron Variant Cases Being Identified In U.S., Local Public Health Officials Are On High Alert
After hitting Cokins, the Honda kept going north on I-294 and struck an SUV carrying a family of four, causing the SUV to roll over. The Honda then crashed into the concrete median.
Cokins suffered 15 broken bones, underwent eight surgeries, and went through 17 months of physical therapy, according to Illinois State Police.
Four of the seven people who were in the SUV were injured in the crash.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Early Morning Showers; Mild Day Friday
The driver, Leslie Thurow, of Mount Prospect, had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, and her license had been revoked for previous DUI convictions, police said. She was charged with aggravated DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, and aggravated reckless driving.
On Thursday, she was sentenced to 13 years in prison, police said.MORE NEWS: Jussie Smollett Trial: Defense Attorney Calls For Mistrial And Accuses Judge Of Lunging At Her; Judge Denies Claims And Motion
Cokins returned to full duty with Illinois State Police on May 1, 2016.