The Colorado State Patrol’s chief on Friday pleaded with drivers to slow down once they see street aspect accidents as he and different troopers mourned the loss of a corporal who was generally known as the go-to guy when others needed help.
Cpl. Daniel Groves, a 12-yr state patrol veteran, was struck and killed during Wednesday’s blizzard while responding to a automotive that had slid off Interstate seventy six. Groves was doing what he practiced every single day: Serving to anyone in need, stated Col. Matthew Packard.
“Dan shortly gained a status,” Packard stated. “He was the man that, when you wanted assist, you went to Dan.”
Colorado State Patrol troopers are reeling from the newest tragedy in what’s develop into a streak of trooper fatalities over the past 4 years.
“Dan died doing what he beloved,” Packard stated Friday, standing in entrance of a brown plaque with the names of troopers who died within the line of obligation. “He was, and can all the time be, remembered as a hero.”
Groves, fifty two, responded to a automotive Wednesday afternoon that slid off Interstate 76 close to mile marker forty seven, just west of Roggen. Whereas aiding the driving force, he was struck by a automotive pushed by John Carpenter, a 58-yr-previous Centennial resident.
After Groves was hit, several individuals stopped in the midst of the blizzard to try to resuscitate the fallen trooper.
“These individuals acted heroically and tried to save lots of Dan’s life,” Packard stated.
The state patrol continues to be looking for witnesses, he stated, imploring anybody who may need stopped that afternoon to succeed in out.
CSP previously stated excessive velocity in poor driving circumstances is being investigated as a potential reason for the fatal crash. Packard declined to provide any further particulars on the investigation, saying it’s up to the Weld County District Lawyer’s Workplace to determine on any costs.
Groves began his state patrol profession in Frisco, Packard stated, the place he discovered learn how to work in snow. Groves then moved to Denver, taking a place in the patrol’s business intelligence unit, earlier than being promoted to corporal in Weld County.
Everyone had a narrative about Groves, Packard stated. He was a common presence wherever he labored.
“The world misplaced a sensible, gifted, devoted man who chose a lifetime of service,” Packard stated.
Groves was the 29th trooper killed in action within the state patrol’s 84-yr history and the fourth since 2015.
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