Sergeant Robert Baron
Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico
End of Watch: Friday, December 6, 2013
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: S205
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: December 5, 2013
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Sheriff Douglas C. Wood
Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office
1500 Idalia Road Northeast
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Phone: (505) 867-7526
Sergeant Rob Baron succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was struck by a vehicle on I-25, near San Felipe Pueblo.
Sergeant Baron was investigating a previous accident during a period of blizzard-like conditions when another vehicle lost control and struck him. He was transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital where he remained in a coma until passing away.
He had served with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office for eight years.
Sergeant Baron was a charter member of Law Enforcement United. He is survived by his wife, who is also a law enforcement officer and LEU member, and a 10-year-old son.
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Sandoval County sheriff’s sergeant struck by a car during a crash investigation on snow-slickened Interstate 25 Thursday has died.
Sandoval County Sheriff Douglas Wood confirmed the passing of Sgt. Robert Baron–"our brother and fellow officer"–in a statement released Friday evening.
Baron, 47, died shortly before 5 p.m., according to the statement.
"Robert was not only one of my deputies," Wood said. "He was a husband, father, brother and son, as well as a member of our law enforcement family—and my friend.
"I would like to thank the doctors and hospital staff who worked so valiantly to save Robert’s life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Krysia, his son Colter and the rest of his family."
Baron was hit by a car around 10:30 a.m. Thursday along I-25 about 20 miles north of Albuquerque. State Police say Baron was investigating a rollover crash on the snowy freeway near San Felipe Pueblo when a car lost control and hit him.
He suffered a severe head injury was in a medically induced coma, according to earlier reports.
State Police say it’s unclear whether or not speed was a factor in the crash although they do say weather had something to do with it.
“What we can say at this point is that weather and the road conditions are a contributing factor to this right now,” said State Police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez
The crash has shaken many in the local law enforcement community, including those who are investigating it.
"It’s traumatic,” Gutierrez continued. “Even if it’s just one of our motorists out there on the side of the road during these conditions and he gets hit by another motorist, it’s difficult, but it just brings a different approach to the law enforcement brotherhood when we see this kind of stuff.”
Sandoval County spokesman Sidney Hill says Baron worked with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Department for the last seven years.
“His progression through his careers speaks to his professionalism,” Hill said earlier Friday.
According to Hill, Baron started in patrol, worked his way up to detective in the Criminal Investigations Division and only recently returned to work on the streets.
“Just last month, Nov. 9 in fact, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant, which was returned him to the Patrol Division,” said Hill.
County employees have also taken the news hard, according to Hill.
“He’s a very well-respect, well-liked member of the county family,” said Hill.