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Driver Charged For Crash That Killed A Man, Injured State Trooper

Updated 02/12/12 - 2:54 p.m.

ADDISON, Ill. (STMW) - Officials filed charges against a motorist accused of killing a man and hurting an Illinois State Police trooper Saturday in a wreck on the Eisenhower Expressway in west suburban Addison.

Daniel C. Clark, 32, faces one count of aggravated DUI involving death and one count of aggravated DUI involving great bodily harm, according to a Saturday night release from DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin.

The fatal wreck happened after a State Police trooper pulled over an eastbound vehicle on the Eisnehower Expressway (I-290) near Mill Road a little before 1 a.m. to assist a non-injury traffic accident involving 42-year-old Frank S. Caruso of Oak Brook, Illinois State Police spokeswoman Maria Navarro said.

The trooper reportedly activated his emergency lights and positioned his vehicle to block the left two lanes of traffic.

Caruso was placed in the rear seat of the squad car, to keep warm, State Police said.

About 1:15 a.m., a 2010 Chevrolet Impala allegedly driven by Clark rear-ended the vehicle, authorities said.

Caruso was taken to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:15 a.m., according to State Police Elgin District Master Sgt. Bart Lamb,

"This is a tragic loss of life allegedly caused by a man who believed he was able to drive after he had been drinking," Berlin said in the release.

Clark was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Hoffman Estates with non-life-threatening injuries, and the trooper was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood with a possible concussion, Lamb said.

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