In memory of Utah State Trooper Eric Ellsworth
Trooper Eric Ellsworth succumbed to injuries sustained when he was struck by a vehicle at approximately 9:45 pm on November 18th, 2016. He had responded to reports of low hanging power lines on Route 13, near 13600 North, in Box Elder County. He was waiting for the local power company to arrive at the scene to repair the line when he observed a semi approaching. As he exited his patrol car to warn the driver of the obstruction he was struck by a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. He was flown to Intermountain Medical Center in grave condition. He succumbed to his injuries four days later. Trooper Ellsworth had served with the Utah Highway Patrol for seven years. He is survived by his wife, three young sons, and parents. His father is a retired Utah Highway Patrol trooper.
Family of injured Utah Highway Patrol trooper thanks public for its support
Family members of Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Ellsworth, who was critically injured in an on-duty accident, expressed their "immense gratitude" Tuesday for the support they have received from the public. "Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of love and concern, and for the faith and prayers of family, friends, and the millions of you out there of all faiths and walks of life who are pulling for Eric," the trooper's brother-in-law, Jason Moyes, said in a statement on behalf of the family. Moyes, speaking at a news conference at Intermountain Medical Center, where his brother-in-law is being treated, said Ellsworth remains in extremely critical condition. "He has already defied the odds and continues to fight this very minute here in this hospital for his life," Moyes said. Ellsworth was injured Friday while he was assisting at the scene of a downed power line near 13600 North on State Road 13 in Garland in Box Elder County. The trooper was trying to alert the driver of a semitrailer truck around the power line when a southbound car driven by a teenage girl hit him just before 10 p.m., according to the Utah Highway Patrol. The girl was not hurt and the cause of the incident remains under investigation. Moyes said that the family knows "this was a tragic accident." "Collectively as a family, we want this young lady to know of our love for her," he said. "Our prayers have been there for you and your family." Ellsworth, a seven-year UHP veteran, followed in his father's footsteps and is a second-generation trooper. He lives in Brigham City with his wife, Janica, and their three young sons. Moyes said Ellsworth is an Eagle Scout and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints in the Canada Winnipeg mission. He also said his brother-in-law loves his job. "Eric loves the officers he works with and is dedicated to the responsibility of protecting and serving the members and visitors of this state," Moyes said. The family has gotten inquiries from the public about how to help, Moyes said. He said Janica Ellsworth has an online blog that allows her to stay home with her sons and that any purchases made by clicking through the links at utahdealdiva.com will help the family. In addition, he said, donations are being accepted at America First Credit Union under the name "Eric Ellsworth Family Charitable Account."
Florida Highway Patrol Expected in Full Force During Thanksgiving Holiday
If you're hitting the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Florida Highway Patrol will be out in full force from Wednesday to Sunday. They are asking you to buckle up, and not drink and drive. Troopers say speed limits in Florida are no more than 70 miles per hour. T hey say gauge your speed when you see traffic congestion. Overall, they have asked everyone to pay attention and not drive distracted. "It's not only just texting on your phone or answering a phone call," said Captain Jeff Bissainthe. "It's talking to your passengers in the vehicle. It's adjusting your radio. It's messing with the GPS. We just want everyone to keep their minds on driving and their hands on the wheel and everyone to focus." During the Thanksgiving holiday period last year, law enforcement agencies around the state worked more than 9,900 crashes. Eighty-four people were killed with 17 of them not wearing seat belts.
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