Scott A. Larsen of Kenosha, Wisconsin pleaded not guilty at the Cook County courthouse Monday to felony reckless homicide charges in the January death of an Illinois state trooper Christopher Lambert.
Larsen, 61, also pleaded not guilty to violating Scott’s Law, which increases potential penalties for motorists who fail to reduce speed and stay clear of stopped emergency vehicles that display warning lights. Larsen is free on $250,000 bond.
According to authorities, the alleged incident occurred during a snowstorm on January 12 on Interstate 294 near Northbrook. Lambert, 34, had completed his shift and was on his way home when he pulled over on the left shoulder of the interstate to assist motorists involved in an accident. He parked his unmarked squad car behind the vehicles involved in the accident to protect the drivers from passing motorists. The emergency system on his squad car was reportedly activated.
Larsen, who was driving Jeep Grand Cherokee, reportedly passed the stopped vehicles and attempted to use the left shoulder to drive around the accident scene when he struck Lambert, his squad car, and the other vehicles that were stopped on the shoulder.
Lambert suffered serious injuries and was transported to a hospital where he died. Larsen was also hospitalized and was allegedly found to have cannabis in his system. He admitted he had vaped cannabis the previous day and a vape pen was found in his car, authorities said.
Larsen’s next court date is scheduled for April 4. If convicted of reckless homicide and violating Scott’s Law, he could face up to 14 years in jail.
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