Remembering Trooper Joseph A. Ynostroza

Please take a moment to include Trooper Joseph A. Ynostroza in your thoughts.

Trooper Ynostroza died in a head-on collision December 6, 1989 with a tractor/semi-tanker east of Alamosa on Highway 160. His patrol car drifted across the roadway, striking the rear wheels of an eastbound gasoline tanker. Investigators believe Ynostroza fell asleep at the wheel while en route to his home in Cortez after attending a Drug Recognition Training class in Denver. Ynostroza was wearing his seatbelt, and the air bag in the patrol car deployed at the time of collision. In this particular case, the safety equipment proved to be inadequate because of the tremendous force of the collision.

Ynostroza entered the Patrol July 1, 1973.

(Information provided by the Colorado State Patrol Alumni Association)