State police said Trooper Jesse Hernandez was in his unmarked patrol car the morning of March 14 speaking to two Johnson County sheriff's deputies near the scene of a crash on westbound Interstate 80 in Johnson County when a semi driver became distracted by the activity and drove his truck into the back of a pickup, WQAD-TV, Moline, Ill., reported Friday.
The pickup, driven by Dana Miller of Eldridge, became airborne and clipped Hernandez's car before striking the mile 232 marker and coming to a rest in the roadside ditch.
Miller was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. Hernandez was treated and released at a hospital.
The semi-trailer truck driver, Michael Smith, 49, or Arlington, was cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle.
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