- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has ordered flags flown at half-staff later this week to honor a state trooper who was fatally struck by a car while on duty.

Herbert said Monday that 32-year-old Eric Ellsworth was a committed public servant who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep others from harm.

Flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset at all state facilities on Wednesday, the day of his funeral.

Ellsworth was hit by a car driven by a 16-year-old girl after he stepped out of his patrol vehicle to warn a truck driver about sagging power lines.

Police have said the inexperienced driver didn’t appear to be going too fast or impaired, and the crash appeared to be an accident.


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