Charges filed against driver who allegedly struck, killed state trooper during bomb cyclone

Charges filed against driver who allegedly struck, killed state trooper during bomb cyclone

The 19th Judicial District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday filed charges against a Centennial man accused of crashing into and killing a Colorado State Patrol trooper during last month’s bomb cyclone storm.

John Carpenter, 58, has been charged with failure to exercise due care when approaching a stationary vehicle — death and careless driving causing death.

On March 13, State Patrol Cpl. Daniel Groves, 52, was responding to a car that slid off I-76 in Weld County during blizzard conditions when he was struck and killed by another vehicle.

In an emotional news conference after the incident, state patrol leader Col. Matthew Packard eulogized Groves as “one of our best”, and pleaded with drivers to slow down when they see roadside accidents.

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Law enforcement officers on March 21 came from across the country to pay their respects at Groves’ funeral procession. 

Groves was the fourth state trooper killed since 2015, and all four have died after being struck while working on Colorado’s roads.

After Trooper Cody Donahue was struck and killed by a truck driver in November 2016, former Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law the “Move Over for Cody Act”, which increased penalties for drivers who fail to move over for emergency responders.

Carpenter will appear in Weld County court for an advisement hearing on May 29.

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