Life of fallen Colorado state trooper honored in funeral service (Video inside link)

Corporal Daniel Groves
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WELD COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Law enforcement across Colorado are honoring the life of a fallen state trooper, who died while serving our state.

Cpl. Daniel Groves, 52, was killed during the blizzard last week while assisting a motorist who had slid off westbound I-76. As Groves helped the first driver, a second driver lost control of his vehicle and hit the trooper. The crash happened late morning on March 13 as conditions had deteriorated across the state.

Groves later died at an area hospital. The driver law enforcement say hit him, identified as John Carpenter, was treated for moderate injuries.

High speed in poor driving conditions is being investigated as a possible factor.

One week later, law enforcement are congregating at LifeBridge Church in Longmont to celebrate Groves' life. A funeral procession preceded the service.

The funeral starts at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Colorado State Patrol is hoping for help locating a good Samaritan who may have vital information on the tragedy. Witnesses say they saw a woman at the scene rendering aid to Trooper Groves. Investigators want to ask that woman about what she may have witnessed. Authorities are asking anyone else who witnessed the crash to reach out to them. Call Colorado State Patrol at 303-239-4501, reference case # 3A190433.

Groves began his career with the Colorado State Patrol on July 16, 2007. He is survived by his partner of two years.

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