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Squad cars donated to Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office following fatal crash

Posted at 8:48 AM, Jan 17, 2019

Las Animas County donation

TRINIDAD – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office donated three vehicles to the Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office several weeks after a crash that left a deputy dead.

The Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office posted a photo of the cars on Facebook as a thank you to Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Schrader.

As we’ve reported, Sergeant Matt Moreno died in a crash west of Trinidad on Dec. 12, 2018. Two other deputies were also injured in the crash.

Taelor Valdez, 23, and her 1-year-old son Ezekiel Valdez were killed in the crash.

News 5 has still not learned who was at fault in the crash. We have submitted a request for more information about the crash, and the state requested a 10-day delay before releasing the report.  We will continue to follow this story.