Woman sentenced to 13 years for injuring ISP Trooper, 4 others in 2014 crash

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MAYWOOD - An Illinois woman who was responsible for causing a drunk driving crash that injured an Illinois State Police Trooper and four others has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

ISP officials say the crash happened on September 6, 2014, on Interstate 294.  According to the investigation into the crash, ISP Trooper Michael Cokins was conducting a traffic stop on the right shoulder when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Leslie Thurow, 61.  Authorities say Trooper Cokins was thrown over the hood of the vehicle he had pulled over, suffering 15 broken bones as a result.

Illinois State Police say the vehicle driven by Thurow then continued to travel on I-294, striking an SUV with four passengers, causing the SUV to roll over and Thurow's vehicle to crash into a concrete median.

ISP officials also say Thurow was found to be intoxicated at the time of the crash, and that her license was already revoked for previous DUI convictions.  Thurow has been in custody since her arrest in connection with the 2014 crash.

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