GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – The Centennial man charged with causing a deadly crash that killed a Colorado State Patrol trooper during a blizzard in March has pleaded guilty to two charges. 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.”

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“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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John Carpenter, 58, pleaded guilty to careless driving resulting in death and failing to exercise caution while approaching a stationary vehicle, resulting in death. The careless driving charge was dismissed on Wednesday.

Weld County District Vicente Geraldo Vigil set sentencing for Dec. 4.

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