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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Kentucky state trooper's car hits cyclists, killing Illinois man

(Note: The original post, based upon an Associated Press report, indicated the cyclist who was killed, Chris Powers, was from the Southern Illinois community of Jonesboro. Powers actually lived in Johnsburg, a northwestern Illinois community.)

The Northwest Herald reports a suburban Chicago man was killed Sunday night when a Kentucky state trooper's car hit him and his cycling companion near London, Ky. The trooper was responding to a non-emergency call

According to a police report, Senior Trooper Christopher W. Roberts was traveling behind a white Plymouth passenger car driven by Ramondo Cabrera-Ceron. According to preliminary reports, the Plymouth apparently stopped in the roadway and Roberts swerved to the right to avoid hitting it.

Roberts' cruiser hit two bicyclists, killing Chris Powers, 26, from Johnsburg, Ill., who died at the scene, Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling said. The second bicyclist, Kevin Alshouse, 26, from McHenry, Ill., received minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Roberts also was treated for minor injuries.

London is located about 75 miles south of Lexington.

Police still are investigating the accident, but Roberts is not expected to be disciplined, said Don Trosper, a Kentucky State Police spokesman.

“We don’t get disciplined for things that are beyond our control,” Trosper told the Herald.

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