On Sunday, December 27, 2020 a Boone County Sheriff’s Office K-9 “Loki” located inside a 2013 Ford SUV police vehicle was killed when a DUI driver traveling in a white 2013 Lincoln limousine crashed into the back of the police SUV, which then crashed into a black 2005 GMC Yukon that had been involved with a traffic stop on Interstate 90 near Irene Road. Boone County Deputy Robert Rosenkranz was outside his police SUV when the crash occurred, and initially reported minor injuries.
K-9 “Loki” died from injuries suffered in the crash. The driver of the Lincoln limousine, Vincent Millare, a male age 53 from Crystal Lake, was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
An occupant of the of the GMC Yukon — Patricia Wheeler, age 50 — was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Philup White, — a 45 year-old male passenger in the GMC Yukon — did not initially report any injuries.
A preliminary investigation indicates on Sunday December 27, 2020 approximately 1:36 a.m., Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Rosenkranz was conducting a traffic stop on the right shoulder of Interstate 90 westbound at Irene Road in Boone County. The deputy was outside of his fully-marked police SUV (Unit 2 for Accident Report), with emergency lights activated, when it was struck from behind by Unit 1. The impact forced Unit 2 forward, striking the rear of the vehicle that the Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy had pulled over (Unit 3).
Both drivers of Unit 1 and Unit 3 were transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Boone County Deputy was uninjured. At the time of the crash, Boone County Canine Loki was secured in the kennel of the police SUV. K-9 Loki was transported to an emergency veterinary hospital for treatment and later died due to injuries sustained in the crash. This crash is under investigation and no further information is available.
All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
— Illinois State Police
The driver of Unit 1 (Vincent Millare, driving the white Lincoln limousine) was cited for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Failure to Yield Upon Approaching a Stationary Authorized Emergency Vehicle (Scotts Law), Improper Lane Usage, Driving on the Shoulder, Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.
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