Colorado state trooper killed when hit by car during blizzard

Colorado State Patrol(WELD COUNTY, Colo.) -- A 12-year veteran of the Colorado State Patrol was killed on Wednesday when he was struck by a car during an intense blizzard hitting the state.

Cpl. Daniel Groves, 52, was investigating an accident on Interstate 76 in Weld County, Colo., just before noon when he was struck by another driver who also slid off the road, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Groves was taken to Platte Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

John Carpenter, 58, was identified as the driver of the car that hit Groves. He suffered "moderate" injuries in the accident, authorities said.

"High speed in poor driving conditions is being investigated as a possible causal factor," according to the Colorado State Patrol release.

No charges have been filed against Carpenter and an investigation is ongoing.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said on Twitter, "He was, and always will be remembered as, a hero -- Our hearts are with Dan Grove’s partner and family."

Northern Colorado and the Dakotas were hit by an intense blizzard on Wednesday. Portions of Interstate 70 and Interstate 25 were closed overnight into Thursday due to the conditions. Officials said about 200 cars were stranded on I-25 Wednesday afternoon.

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the National Guard rescued all of the stranded drivers.

Wind gusts of 60 to 75 mph were reported at Denver International Airport during the midday with about 6 to 12 inches of snow likely in the Denver area. Parts of western Nebraska and western South Dakota could see over a foot of snow through Thursday.

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Parents brawl during youth baseball game after disagreeing with 13-year-old umpire

Parents brawl during youth baseball game after disagreeing with 13-year-old umpirefstop123/iStock(LAKEWOOD, Colo.) -- A baseball game between a group of 7-year-old kids degenerated into an all-out brawl with parents throwing haymakers, other cowering for cover and a woman even jumping on someone's back.

The reason for the brawl: a parent didn't like the calls being made by a 13-year-old umpire.

The fight began at Westgate Elementary School in Lakewood, Colo., a suburb southwest of Denver, on Saturday at about noon as 15 to 20 adults got into a violent tussle, according to Lakewood police.

The brawl was still ongoing as Lakewood police arrived at the scene.

These adults took over the field and began assaulting each other on 6/15 during a youth baseball game. We're looking for any info, in particular to ID the man in the white shirt/teal shorts. Several people have already been cited in this fight and injuries were reported.

— Lakewood Police (@LakewoodPDCO) June 18, 2019

Police issued four citations for disorderly conduct, but said they are still searching for others involved in the fight.

Police are looking for an adult in a white T-shirt and teal shorts in particular because he can be seen in the video throwing sucker punches at people looking in the other direction. Police said it is unknown if this person is a parent of one of the children in the game.

There were a few minor injuries and one person suffered serious bodily injury, police told ABC News. No details on the injury were available.

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