NORTHBROOK, Ill. — An Illinois state trooper was killed Saturday while responding to a three-car crash on I-294 in Northbrook, police said.
According to Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz, Trooper Christopher Lambert was on his way home at about 4:45 p.m. on Saturday when he responded to a crash on the left shoulder of I-294 NB.
WGN sources report that Lambert parked his police cruiser in the left lane and when he got out he was struck by a passing jeep, throwing him several feet.
An off-duty nurse stopped to perform CPR on Lambert.
State police stated that Lambert was rushed to Glenbrook Hospital, where he died at 7:24 p.m.
The 34-year-old Trooper had been on the job for five years. He was previously in the U.S. Army.
“Trooper Lambert was a great trooper and was respected by those within and from outside the ISP,” Schmitz said in a statement. “This is a tremendous loss, which could have been prevented and should have never happened. Trooper Lambert deliberately placed his vehicle in a position to protect the lives of the victims of the previous crash, and took on the danger himself. He will be remembered for his dedication to the Illinois State Police and for giving the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve the citizens of Illinois.
He leaves behind a wife and one-year-old daughter.
Visitation and funeral arrangements for Lambert are pending.