Driver sentenced to jail time for blizzard crash that killed Colorado trooper

Corporal Daniel Groves died after being hit by a vehicle on Interstate 76
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GREELEY, Colo. (KKTV) - A driver who lost control of his car during a blizzard last spring and fatally hit a state trooper has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Cpl. Daniel Groves was hit by a car while helping a stranded motorist on I-76 in Weld County on March 13. Several people stopped to try and resuscitate Groves, but he later died at a local hospital.

In October, John G. Carpenter of Centennial entered the plea to a charge of failure to exercise due care when approaching a stationary vehicle resulting in death.

Colorado State Patrol has suffered several tragic losses in recent years because of careless behavior on the roadways. They have been imploring the public to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles.

When handing down the sentence, Weld County District Judge Vincente Vigil said he couldn't imagine a circumstance where time in jail wouldn't be a appropriate when a life is lost.