|PESOTUM -- Illinois State Police Director Larry G. Trent regrets to announce the death of Sergeant Rodney T. Miller, age 40, from Decatur. Sergeant Miller was a 16-year veteran who died in a tragic traffic crash on Friday, May 12, 2006 at 4:43 p.m. The crash occurred at the intersection of Champaign County Road 1400N and 500E, one mile south of Bondville. |
"The Illinois State Police family is devastated by the tragic loss of our fellow officer, Sergeant Rodney Miller. He will be remembered and honored for his professionalism and profound dedication to his family and the citizens of Illinois," said Director Trent. "Our thoughts and prayers go out not only to the Miller family, but to the other victim of this terrible crash as well. May we all find the strength to cope with this tragedy during this most difficult time." Sergeant Miller’s vehicle was traveling west on Champaign County Road 1400N when it entered the intersection and was struck by a southbound vehicle driven by Leticia D. Leal, 28 years old, from Dewitt, Illinois. Ms. Leal was airlifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana, where she was treated and released. Sergeant Miller was pronounced dead at the scene by Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup. The cause of death was from multiple traumatic injuries. An investigation surrounding the circumstances of the crash, including a reconstruction is ongoing. "I had the privilege to work with Rodney Miller for several years, including a major homicide investigation. He was tireless in his pursuit of justice and was a blessing to his family, friends, and colleagues. Rodney's intelligence, quick wit, good humor, and his compassion will be sorely missed," stated Jack W. Ahola, Macon County State's Attorney.
Sergeant Miller began his career with the Illinois State Police on January 29, 1990. After graduating from the Illinois State Police Academy on June 15, 1990, he was assigned to the Patrol Division in District Seven located in Moline. He transferred to District Ten, Champaign, in 1991, where he worked Patrol and later received an assignment to work Investigations. In 2001, Rodney was assigned to Zone 5 General Criminal Investigations. He worked in the Medicaid Fraud Unit where, in 2003, he was promoted to Sergeant. In September 2005, Rodney was assigned to the Zone 5 Special Investigation Command. “Rodney was an excellent investigator, role model and human being, “ said Captain Bruce Zywiec, Zone 5 Investigative Commander. “He was respected by his subordinates, peers and supervisors. He was a true gentleman.”
During his career, Rodney received four ISP Unit Citations, and a Department Commendation in recognition of his nomination as Officer of the Year.
District 10 Investigations Team for a triple homicide, September 1999 District 10 Officer of the Year, May 2000 Karyn Slover Homicide Task Force, December 2000 Heather Tomich Homicide Investigative Team, April 2002 Madyson Nicole Smith Homicide Investigative Team, April 2002
Rodney was a dedicated husband and father. He is survived by his wife and two sons.