Tollway overpass dedicated to trooper killed in 2013

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015
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Illinois State Trooper James Sauter, of Vernon Hills, was killed in 2013.

NORTHBROOK, Ill. (WLS) -- The family of an Illinois State Police trooper who was killed on the job hopes a new tribute in his honor will remind people to drive safely.

A sign will hang above the Willow Road overpass on the Tri-State Tollway in Des Plaines, not far from the spot where Trooper James Sauter was killed by a truck driver in 2013.

The truck driver admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel and was charged with violating several commercial trucking regulations.

In 2014, a judge approved a $10.9 million settlement for Sauter's widow.