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VIDEO: Injured Oswego Trooper Appears at Chicago March

May 04, 2014 10:20PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Oswego's Doug Balder is calling for tougher charges against the man who ran his semi into the scene of a broken down vehicle along I-88 in January of 2014.

Badly injured Oswego Illinois State Trooper Doug Balder made an appearance Sunday at a march honoring fallen law enforcement officers, according to a report from ABC-7.

Watch the embedded clip below to see ABC-7's report from the 82nd annual Chicago Police Department Saint Jude Memorial March featuring Balder.

Balder was released from Loyola Medical Center last week after being hurt during an East-West Tollway accident Jan. 27. Balder had recently returned home after a tour duty in the U.S. Navy. After returning, Balder went back to work as an Illinois State Trooper.

The crash killed Tollway worker Vincent Petrella, 39, and left Balder with third-degree burns and many broken bones. Renato V. Velasquez, 46, of Hanover Park was charged with several felony counts in the crash. 

Balder and Petrella had stopped to help a truck driver before Velasquez allegedly drove his own semi into Balder's trooper vehicle, pushing it into Balder and Petrella.

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Courtesy of ABC-7

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