CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the Monday evening accident on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Aurora that killed Tollway employee Vincent Petrella and seriously injured an Illinois State Trooper:
“Vincent Petrella is a hero. Both he and the injured State Trooper were doing heroic work - assisting their fellow citizens in an emergency. Both men were committed to keeping our roads safe and to helping those in need.
“Vincent was a selfless man, dedicated to his family and his job. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fellow employees during this difficult time.
"I am ordering the state's flags to be flown at half-staff so all Illinois citizens can be reminded of Vincent's life of service and sacrifice.
“We also offer our wishes for a full recovery for the injured Illinois State Trooper, and thank him for bravely going above and beyond the call of duty."