Funeral services have been announced for Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Ellsworth. The 32-year-old Brigham City man died early Wednesday morning, five-days after he was struck by a car while responding to a call about a down power line in Box Elder County.
UHP Lt. Lee Perry said the funeral for Trooper Ellsworth will be held Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. The services will be in the Dee Event Center, on the campus of Weber State University. The specific details about the procession and burial are still being arranged.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert has ordered all U.S. and state flags be lowered to half mast throughout Utah on the day of the funeral.
Last Friday night, Ellsworth was responding to a downed power line along SR-13 near Garland City. While out of his patrol car, attempting to warn a truck driver about the sagging power lines, he was struck by a car traveling southbound, driven by a 16-year-old girl.
Ellsworth sustained severe injuries and was transported by helicopter to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, where he had been in extremely critical condition.
During a press conference Wednesday, Utah Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires said the teenager who hit Ellsworth was a new driver and it was an accident.
Perry, who supervises troopers in Rich, Box Elder, and Cache counties, said his troopers wanted the girl to know there’s no ill-will and that they love her and understand the crash was an accident.
Ellsworth had been a trooper for seven-years, following in his father’s footsteps. His first two years were spent in Green River, Wyoming, before being assigned to northern Utah. He leaves behind his wife of 10-years, Janica and their three sons.
Perry said for those wishing to help the family, an account has been opened at America First Credit Union under the name “Eric Ellsworth Family Charitable Account.” Also, Janica has an online blog that allows her to work from home and any purchases made by clicking through links at <a href=”http://utahdealdiva.com/” target=”_blank”>utahdealdiva.com</a> will help the family.
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