Off-Duty Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed on His Way Home from Work in High-Speed Crash in Chicago Ridge Early Saturday Just After Midnight

Chicago Ridge police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 12:04 a.m. Saturday March 30, 2019 to a crash in the 10100 block of Virginia Avenue.

Chicago Ridge police on arrival discovered two heavily 2015 Nissan and a 2002 Chevrolet crashed with heavy damage. The Nissan was driven by a 16-year old juvenile that struck the Chevrolet. The driver of the Chevrolet was the deputy and was trapped in his vehicle. He was unresponsive, and transported to Christ Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Cook County Sheriff’s deputy was identified as James Koch, who was extricated before he was transported.

Koch was on his way home in Chicago Ridge after his shift as a Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy, and was off-duty at the time of the crash.

The Illinois State Police Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting in the investigation.

The juvenile is in custody pending further investigation. Charges are pending.

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