Deputy hit by car on I-25 dies

Updated: 12/06/2013 10:44 PM | Created: 12/06/2013 6:59 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Sgt. Robert Baron, the Sandoval County sheriff's deputy hit by a car that lost control on I-25 on Thursday, died just before 5 p.m. Friday.

In a statement, Sandoval County Sheriff Doug Wood said, “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.”

Baron’s colleagues, along with a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy, had been standing guard outside his hospital room at University of New Mexico Hospital since he arrived.  He was in a medically-induced coma in the intensive care unit.

Sheriff Wood thanked the doctors and hospital staff who worked to try to save Baron’s life.

“It’s been a somber situation as you can imagine,” Sidney Hill, Sandoval County’s Public Information Officer said early Friday afternoon.

Thursday morning, Baron was investigating a rollover crash near San Felipe Pueblo when a vehicle lost control as it approached the crash scene.  Baron was unable to get out of its way.

The Sheriff’s Office said that Baron was promoted to the rank of sergeant last month.  He was first hired in 2006 after working for the U.S. National Park Service and U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Baron leaves behind his wife Krysia, who works for the U.S. Forest Service, and his 10-year-old son Colter.

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