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Man who crashed into CSP trooper during blizzard, killing him, gets 90 days in jail

Posted: 4:44 PM, Dec 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-04 23:22:09-05
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GREELEY, Colo. – The man who crashed into and killed a Colorado State Trooper during the bomb cyclone storm in March was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Wednesday.

John Carpenter, 58, of Centennial, had pleaded guilty in October to a charge of failure to exercise due care when approaching a stationary vehicle resulting in death. An initial second charge of careless driving causing death was dismissed.

On March 13, CSP Cpl. Daniel Groves was helping a stranded motorist on Interstate 76, just west of Roggen, during the massive blizzard. The driver of a 2001 Volvo, who was later identified as Carpenter, lost control and struck Groves outside his patrol vehicle. Groves was transported to Platte Valley Medical Center, where he died. Carpenter had moderate injuries from the crash.

Carpenter was also sentenced to eight and a half years of probation and ordered to work 850 hours of community service.

Groves was remembered at a memorial service in April as a fun, music-loving family man and proud member of the CSP. The chief of CSP said he was "one of our very best." He started his career with the CSP in 2007. He was survived by his partner of two years.