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High number of trooper crashes concern spouses, but safety depends on motorists

Published: Sunday, March 3 2013 4:50 p.m. MST

• Jan. 24 — Trooper Kristopher Cope was investigating a crash on I-15 near 1000 South. He had just exited his car to assist the driver who had hit him from behind when another car slammed into the pileup.

• Jan. 24 — Trooper David Brooks, investigating a crash on I-15 near 5300 South, was hit after a car slid into him. It was the fifth time in his career that he was hit.

• Jan. 24 — A trooper investigating a crash on I-15 near Springville was hit after a car slid into him.

• Jan. 24 — Trooper Joshua Porter was investigating a crash in Farr West near 1900 West and 250 North when he was hit by a sliding car.

• Jan. 27 — Lt. Lee Perry suffered minor injuries while investigating a crash on I-15 near the Utah-Idaho border when a car slid into him.

• Jan. 27 — A trooper investigating a crash on I-15 near Springville was hit after car slid into him.

• Jan. 28 — A trooper investigating a crash on I-15 near 2100 South was hit by a sliding car.

• Feb. 8 — Trooper Rod Elmer, investigating a crash on I-70 in Clear Creek Canyon in the Fishlake National Forest, was hit after car slid into him. Elmer suffered minor injuries.

• Feb. 9 — A trooper investigating a crash on I-80 in Tooele County was hit after car slid into him.

• Feb. 9 — Sgt. Nathan Croft's car was struck while Croft was speaking to a witness of an accident on I-80.

• Feb. 10 —Trooper Jason Whitehead was investigating a crash on I-15 near 2500 South  when another vehicle slid into him while he was in his car. He suffered minor injuries.

• Feb. 12 — A trooper who had pulled over a car on a traffic stop on I-15 near University Parkway in Orem was hit by a vehicle that slid out of control.

• Feb. 22 — A trooper investigating a crash on I-15 near 800 North in Orem was hit while sitting in his vehicle. He suffered minor injuries.

• Feb 23 — A trooper helping with a crash near the 12th Street exit in Weber County was hit by an SUV. Hs patrol car was totaled. The trooper suffered minor injuries.

E-mail: preavy@desnews.com, Twitter: DNewsCrimeTeam

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