Troopers Hinshaw and Templeton
On October 11, 2007 at approximately 1640 hours Trooper Zachariah Templeton and Trooper Scott Hinshaw were assisting a motorist who had lost one of two plastic farm chemical tanks he was hauling on a flatbed trailer in the median of northbound I-76, just east of 96th Avenue. A Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by a juvenile northbound on I-76 approached the scene, not paying attention to the traffic, swerved to avoid hitting the significantly slowing vehicles in front of him. Tragically, the juvenile’s maneuver placed him in the median, rear ending the motorist’s trailer and striking Troopers Templeton and Hinshaw, but missing the motorist they were assisting. Both Troopers Templeton and Hinshaw suffered serious injuries and were transported to local hospitals.
Unfortunately, Trooper Zachariah Templeton succumbed to his injuries on October 12, 2007. He was 27 years of age, leaving behind his 3 year old daughter Samantha. Trooper Scott Hinshaw continues to recover from the injuries he sustained that day, and the Colorado State Patrol looks forward to his return to full duty in the near future.