Illinois police officer, K-9 partner killed in crash

An Illinois police officer and his K-9 partner were killed in a crash Wednesday night on I-55 in downstate Illinois, reported.

Casey J. Kohlmeier, an officer for the Pontiac police, and his K-9 partner Draco were stopped in the I-55 median turn-around north of Route 23 when a vehicle northbound on the interstate struck the marked squad car, a police statement said. Kohlmeier, 29, and Draco were both killed.

The driver of the other vehicle was hospitalized, though details on his condition were not immediately available, according to police.

Kohlmeier, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, was hired by the Pontiac police force in January 2007 and was assigned to the Livingston County Pro-Active Unit, the statement said.

"Casey was a dedicated, honorable employee who was deeply committed to law enforcement and to the community. He will be greatly missed," the statement said.