Illinois prosecutor dies in Georgia vehicle accident
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HAMILTON, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois prosecutor was killed in Georgia over the weekend when the tractor-trailer he was driving for another job hit an embankment, authorities confirmed Monday.

James Drozdz, who was Hancock County state's attorney, was killed Saturday night, said Johnny Gray, the coroner for Georgia's Dade County. The results of Sunday's autopsy and toxicology tests were pending.

In addition to his legal duties, Drozdz, of Hamilton, worked for Sterling-based food redistributor Dot Foods and was driving a truck Saturday, Hancock County Sheriff Scott Bentzinger told the Quincy Herald-Whig.

Drozdz, 53, attempted turn onto an entrance ramp, but the vehicle left the road and struck an embankment, according to Gray. Drozdz was killed in incident. WTVC-TV in Chattanooga, Tenn., reports Drozdz was driving a tractor trailer.

He had three decades of experience in the criminal justice system, the newspaper reported. That included work as an assistant state's attorney, teaching at Western Illinois University and the Illinois Police Academy.

Drozdz was elected Hancock County state's attorney in 2004 and ran unopposed in 2008 and 2012.

"He was a super, super guy," Bentzinger told the newspaper. "He had a dedicated career in law enforcement. I worked very closely with him and I'm going to miss him."

Bertinzger said he was notified of the death Saturday.



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