DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy Dies After Truck Rear-Ends Her Police SUV on Route 23, Between DeKalb and Waterman


A crash in DeKalb County killed sheriff’s deputy Christina Musil on IL-23 near Perry Road between DeKalb and Waterman, Illinois (Mark Rivera/ABC 7 Chicago).
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An on-duty DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy was killed in a crash about 10:40 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2024 when a truck crashed into the rear of her marked police Ford Interceptor SUV on Illinois Route 23 south of Perry Road in the DeKalb and Waterman, Illinois area.

According to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Christina Musil, age 35, was sitting inside a Ford Explorer SUV while parked on the right shoulder, when a single-unit Kenworth truck was driven or veered off the road and rear-ended the police vehicle. Initially it was unknown why the truck veered off the roadway.

When Deputy Musil did not respond on radio to the dispatch center, a telecommunicator from the dispatch center attempted to call Deputy Musil, but got no answer on her phone. An off-duty paramedic was on the scene before deputies arrived. The paramedic and deputy first on the scene after the crash discovered the deputy unresponsive. The deputy requested that dispatch advise the responding paramedics in the dispatched ambulance to expedite to the scene, and began CPR.

The deputy was treated by paramedics and transported to Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb with life-threatening injuries. She was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Deputy Christina Musil was a five-year veteran of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, and served in the Corrections and Patrol Divisions.

Musil also served in the US Army National Guard as a military police officer for four years, and served in Afghanistan from 2008-2009.

DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputy Christina Musil (SOURCE: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy Christina Musil (SOURCE: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office).

There was an extended crash investigation by the Illinois State Police at the scene, and the investigation is ongoing.

Illinois Route 23 is rural two-lane highway (one lane each direction) with vehicle-width hard shoulder on each side south of Perry Road.

The crash scene was about 4 miles south of I-88 and DeKalb, and 5 miles north of Waterman, Illinois.

According to the NWS office at DeKalb Airport at 10:35 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2024, the air temperature was above freezing at 37°F (Dew Point 26°F/Relative Humidity 62%), skies were clear, the visibility was 10 miles, and the wind was from the north at 5 MPH.

The truck that crashed into the police SUV was a large OTR (off the road) tire service truck manufactured by Stellar Industries with a rotating and articulated boom with a large tire clamp on the back of the truck. The truck had markings from Garzo Tire, which has their home office in Terre Haute, Indiana, and a satellite location in DeKalb, Illinois, according to their official website. Garzo Tire formerly had a business address on Berdnick Street in Rolling Meadows.



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DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputy Christina Musil (SOURCE: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy Christina Musil (SOURCE: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office).

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