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Man Charged In Crash That Killed Hometown Police Officer James Kouski Jr.

CHICAGO (CBS)-- Otis Pruitt has been charged in connection with a crash that killed officer James Kouski Jr. in southwest suburban Hometown Saturday morning.

Hometown police said Kouski Jr. was blocking the road around 3 a.m. as crews cleaned up debris from an earlier crash. Kouski Jr. was investigating a the previous crash when he was fatally struck by a car at 91st Street and Pulaski Road.

The offender ran from the scene and was eventually arrested by police and taken to a hospital. Pruitt, 27, is expected in bond court on Monday. 

A memorial procession to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office on Chicago's Near West Side took place Saturday afternoon. Chicago Police - along with neighboring departments- helped escort the body.

The police chief remembered the 58-year-old, 34-year veteran, as dedicated - working on the force part-time while keeping another job to provide for loved ones.


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