GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – John Carpenter, a Centennial man, has been formally charged with causing a deadly crash that killed a Colorado State Patrol trooper during a blizzard last month. On March 13, Corporal Daniel Groves was assisting a stranded motorist on Interstate 76, halfway between Brighton and Fort Morgan, when he was hit and killed by a passing vehicle.

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CSP officials said Groves drove to an area where he knew people would need his help during the unprecedented blizzard that became a “bomb cyclone.”


“He knew what was at stake when he went out Wednesday morning, but he went anyway because it’s worth it,” said Colorado State Patrol Chief Colonel Matthew Packard.

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The driver of that vehicle, 58-year-old Carpenter, has been charged with careless driving causing death and failure to exercise due care when approaching a stationary vehicle causing death.

An advisement hearing has been set for May 29 at 9 a.m.


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