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MURRAY — A Utah Highway Patrol trooper who was critically injured in an accident Friday evening died from his injuries early Wednesday, Utah Highway Patrol confirmed.

Trooper Eric Ellsworth responded to a report of a sagging power line near 13600 North and state Route 13 around 9:45 p.m., Friday, according to the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office. Ellsworth had stepped out of his vehicle and was trying to alert the driver of a semitruck traveling in the northbound lane of SR-13 about the power line when a 16-year-old girl driving a 2006 Chevy sedan in the southbound lane struck him, officials from the highway patrol said.

Ellsworth, 32, was transported to a hospital in Bear River before being flown to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray in extremely critical condition. He died early Wednesday.

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“It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that the Utah Highway Patrol confirms the passing of Trooper Eric Ellsworth,” Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said in a statement. “Our thoughts and love go to his wife and their three young boys.”

“The service our troopers provide is critical to the safety and quality of life that all of us enjoy throughout our great state. Eric represented the finest example of our Utah Highway Patrol team,” Commissioner Keith D. Squires said in a statement. “He will be remembered for his great professionalism, courage, the very caring way he provided his service to help those in need and for his smile and genuine friendship to those he served with. His father Ron was also a trooper, who’s great example guided Eric so honorably to follow in his footsteps.”

On Tuesday, 15 members of Ellsworth’s family stood behind Jason Moyes, one of Ellsworth’s brothers-in-law, as he read a prepared statement. In it, the family thanked the community for the love and support they received. They also offered forgiveness to the 16-year-old girl who hit Ellsworth.

“We know that was a tragic accident that affected so many individuals,” Moyes said. “We also know this accident greatly affected the life of a young lady. Collectively as a family, we want this young lady to know of our love for her. Our prayers have been there for you and your family. We are so grateful for the immediate feelings of forgiveness and love toward you. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.”

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