An investigation into what led to a crash that killed a state trooper in Tolland continued on Friday.

Trooper First Class Kevin Miller, 49, died while on duty Thursday afternoon.

He had been on the force for nearly 20 years.

He was most recently stationed at the Troop C barracks in Tolland. Family members say he was a Marine and served in the Gulf War.

Miller was also a father of a son and a daughter who lived in Coventry.

"Having a family here in town and when you live here long enough you may not know them but they become a familiar face and what I’ve always heard - the smiling face in town," said State Rep. Tim Ackert. " The respect that was paid for him yesterday was unbelievably beautiful."

The crash happened on Interstate 84 east near exit 68.

An accident report said a tractor-trailer was traveling in the right lane at a slower speed than the flow of traffic.

State police said Miller collided with the back of it.

Hours after Miller's cruiser was taken from the scene, the tractor-trailer remained on the highway as investigators processed the scene.

Later in the evening, dozens of officers lined up for a procession to honor Miller, who was just a few months shy of retiring.

The loss struck a chord with first responders around the state. Many took to social media to send condolences.

"Trooper First Class Miller was assigned to Troop C in Tolland, having previously served at Troop K in Colchester and Troop E in Montville," said Dora B. Schiro, state police commissioner. "Trooper First Class Miller was a member of the 108th training troop, graduating on March 19, 1999."

On Friday, black bunting was seen draped over the front door of Troop C; a solemn sign of the sadness felt inside.

Throughout the morning on Friday, community members stopped by dropping off food, coffee, and their condolences.

Trooper Miller is the first Connecticut state police trooper to die in the line of duty since 2010.

Trooper Kenneth Hall was in the middle of a traffic stop on I-91 in Enfield, when a car veered across several lanes and hit the police cruiser he was in.

Police convicted a drunk driver in the case who they say was speeding.

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