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Deputy critical after accident

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BARON: Was investigating weather-related crash

BARON: Was investigating weather-related crash

Sandoval County Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Baron remained in a medically induced coma after he was struck by a car Thursday on icy Interstate 25 while investigating a weather-related crash near San Felipe Pueblo.

Baron, 47, remained in the neurological intensive care unit at the University of New Mexico Hospital late Thursday where law enforcement officers from several agencies awaited word of his condition, Sandoval County Undersheriff Karl Wiese said.

“We’re waiting for word and hoping for a miracle,” Wiese said. Also present was Baron’s wife, a law enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service. The couple have a 10-year-old son.

“He’s on life support, and we don’t have any information on where it is going to go from here,” Wiese said. Baron, who was in critical condition, had been placed in a medically induced coma, Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office said in a written statement Thursday evening.

A New Mexico Department of Public Safety official said Baron was struck by a vehicle while conducting a crash investigation at 10:23 a.m. Thursday as a winter storm dumped heavy snow across central New Mexico.

Wiese said Baron was investigating a roll-over accident on northbound I-25 just north of the San Felipe exit. Another car skidded off the icy road and struck the deputy, he said.

Baron struck his head on the pavement. He was transported by ambulance to UNMH because poor weather conditions prevented helicopter transport, Wiese said.

State Police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said the driver of the car that struck Baron was not injured and has not been charged. The accident remains under investigation, he said.

Baron, who has been with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office for about eight years, was promoted last month to sergeant and day-shift patrol supervisor. Baron had previously served as a detective for the agency.

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