Police Officer Scot Fitzgerald was killed when his patrol car and an ambulance collided while en route to a medical call shortly before 9:00 pm.
The ambulance was driving behind his patrol on Route 267, approximately one mile north of Nortonville Road, as they attempted to locate the address for the call. Officer Fitzgerald pulled to the right shoulder and then attempted to make a U-turn, but inadvertently pulled into the path of the ambulance.
He and the three EMTs in the ambulance were transported to area hospitals. Officer Fitzgerald succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
Officer Fitzgerald had served with the South Jacksonville Police Department for 17 months.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Police Chief Joshua Hallock
South Jacksonville Police Department
301 Dewey Drive
South Jacksonville, IL 62650
Phone: (217) 245-4803