The Department of Public Safety Commissioner, Keith D. Squires; and Colonel Michael Rapich of the Utah State Highway Patrol sadly reports the death of Trooper Eric Ellsworth.

Trooper Ellsworth, 32, was struck by a vehicle on November 18th while warning drivers of some low hanging power lines. Trooper Ellsworth had responded to the call and had located the power lines. He was waiting for the power company to arrive to make the needed repairs.

While he was waiting, he observed an approaching semi truck tractor and trailer vehicle. He got out of his patrol vehicle to warn the driver of the low hanging wires. While he was exiting his patrol vehicle, he was struck from behind by a 2006, Chevrolet sedan, driven by a sixteen year old girl traveling in the opposite direction.

Trooper Ellsworth was flown via medivac helicopter to Intermountain Medical Center in grave condition. He succumbed to his injuries four days later.

Trooper Ellsworth served the Utah State Highway Patrol for seven years. His first two years he served in section 9, the Green River area. The last five years he served in section 1, the Box Elder County and Northern Utah area.

Trooper Ellsworth is survived by his wife, Janica, three young sons, his parents and extended family. His father, Ron was a a Trooper, who’s great example guided his son, Eric to also become a Utah Highway Patrol Trooper.

Trooper Eric Ellsworth-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

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