Law enforcement agencies are encouraging the public to line the streets Friday, April 5, 2019 during a funeral procession to honor Illinois State Trooper Gerald Ellis, who was killed by a wrong-way driver Saturday morning March 30, 2019 about 3:24 a.m.
Ellis, age 36, died when an unlicensed driver, Dan Davies, age 44, of Calumet City, was driving in the wrong direction in the westbound lanes of I-94 and collided with Ellis’ police SUV near Green Oaks and Libertyville. Witnesses said that Ellis deliberately crashed into the errant driver to save the occupants traveling in the same direction behind him. Ellis lived in Antioch, and was on his way home from his shift as a state trooper.
Visitation is 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday April 4, 2019 at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake — the day before the funeral and procession.
Ellis’ funeral is 10 a.m. Friday April 5, 2019 at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts.
The funeral procession route will start at the performing arts center about noon.
Continuing, the procession will …
exit the college and make a right on Lancer Road;
turn left to head east on Brae Loch Road;
turn right to head south on Route 45;
turn left to head east on Route 120;
exit right to Route 21;
turn left to head north on Route 21;
turn left to ramp to enter I-94 westbound;
continue westbound I-94 and exit ramp to Russell Road;
turn left to head west on Russell Road;
turn left to head south on Old Skokie Road (Frontage Rd);
stay left on Old Skokie Rd (Frontage Rd);
merge onto southbound US 41 (Skokie Highway);
turn right to head west on Route 173;
turn left to head south on Deep Lake Road;
turn right to head west on Route 132.
The procession will end at routes 132 and 83.
The interment services will be private.
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