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Colorado Officer Sings to Young Girl after Fatal Accident

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Photo shows officer singing to little girl after accident kills father, injures mother and siblings

By PoliceOne Staff

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BRIGHTON, Colo. — A photo of an officer holding a small girl in front of a fatal car wreck is going viral, USA Today reports.

Officer Nick Struck arrived third on the scene to a one-vehicle fatal crash that ejected all six passengers. The two-year-old girl was handed to Struck as her family received medical attention.

The girl’s father was killed in the crash, while her mother and other three siblings were injured.

“When you hear that there’s children involved, I’ll tell you what, everyone that responds to that scene, you get that pit in your stomach,”” Struck told USA Today.

Struck tried to distract the girl in order to make her feel better. He did what he would want another dad to do if it was his two-year-old daughter, he said. So he began to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

“I remember when I was holding her, she was grabbing the back of my arm, which is something my daughter does. Just stroking to the music, ‘Twinkle, twinkle’,” Struck said to USA Today.

The moment was captured by witness Jessica Matrious, who said she saw the vehicle blow a tire and lose control.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation and identities have not been released, but police said no one in the vehicle was restrained properly.