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Officer hit by car on icy I-25 dies of his injuries

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Sandoval County Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Baron

BARON: Was promoted to sergeant last month

Sandoval County sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Baron, who was injured Thursday while investigating a weather-related crash on Interstate 25, died Friday afternoon despite what Sheriff Doug Wood described as a “gallant” effort by hospital staff to save his life.

The 47-year-old Baron, an eight-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, had been listed in critical but stable condition after being hit by a car while investigating a crash on roads made dangerous by a snowstorm that hit the state.

Baron was outside his patrol car when he was hit by a car on northbound I-25 near San Felipe Casino, authorities said.

In a prepared statement, Wood said that it was “with the deepest regret that at 4:43 p.m. (Friday), our brother and fellow officer Sgt. Robert Baron succumbed to his injuries.”

“Robert was not only one of my deputies, he was a husband, father, brother and son, as well as a member of our law enforcement family and my friend,” the statement issued Friday by county public information officer Sidney Hill read.

The statement thanked “doctors and hospital staff who worked so gallantly to save Robert’s life.”

Baron last month was promoted to sergeant and day shift patrol supervisor. He had previously served as a detective for the department.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Krysia, his son Colter and the rest of his family,” Wood said.

Baron had remained in a medically induced coma in the neurological intensive care unit as officers from several agencies kept a vigil Thursday and Friday, Sandoval County Undersheriff Karl Wiese said.

State Police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said Baron was conducting a crash investigation about 10:23 a.m. Thursday as the winter storm dumped heavy snow.

While Baron was in the roadway, another car skidded off the ice-packed road and struck him, Gutierrez said. Baron hit his head on the pavement.

Gutierrez said the driver of the car that hit Baron wasn’t injured and has not been charged. State Police are still investigating the accident.

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