Utah trooper struck by car dies from injuries

Trooper Eric Ellsworth was struck by a car after he stepped out of his vehicle to warn a driver about sagging power lines

Duty Death: Eric Ellsworth - [Utah]

End of Service: 11/22/2016


The Standard-Examiner

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah Highway Patrol trooper who was struck by a vehicle in northern Utah last week has died from his injuries.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said in a statement Wednesday morning that 32-year-old Trooper Eric Ellsworth of Brigham City succumbed to his injuries.

Trooper Eric Ellsworth (Photo/UHP)
Trooper Eric Ellsworth (Photo/UHP)

Ellsworth was hit late Friday night while attempting to slow traffic in Garland because of a problem with a power line. He was struck by a car driven by a 16-year-old girl after he stepped out of his vehicle to warn a truck driver about sagging power lines.

The Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. No arrests have been made.

Ellsworth was a trooper for seven years, and his father is a now-retired trooper. He is survived by a wife and three young sons.

He’s the second Utah police officer who died after being struck by a vehicle in November.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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