Funeral today for fallen CT state trooper to be streamed online – Hartford Courant

Funeral services for Trooper First Class TFC Aaron Pelletier will be held today, June 5, at the Xfinity Theater in Hartford and streamed online.

Pelletier, a 34-year-old husband and father of two young boys, was killed Thursday afternoon during a routine traffic stop along I-84 in Southington. An allegedly intoxicated driver drove partially onto the highway’s shoulder and struck Pelletier, who had gotten out of his patrol car to talk to a motorist he had stopped for a possible seat belt violation, police said.

Friends and others in Connecticut’s family are mourning Pelletier’s death.

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His funeral will be streamed here today. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. at the Xfinity Theater in Hartford at 61 Savitt Way. According to state police, the public wishing to attend the gathering is asked to park in the north lot extension. Hartford Police will be on scene to assist with traffic and parking.

Connecticut State Police confirmed there is only one approved fundraiser for Pelletier’s family.

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“Out of an abundance of caution for those attempting to capitalize during a time of tragedy, this GoFundMe page is the only CSP-authorized fundraising source for the Pelletier family at this time,” state police said. As of Wednesday morning, more than $500,000 had been donated to the fundraiser.

Schools in Southington were closed Tuesday for Pelletier’s wake and will close early Wednesday for his funeral in Hartford.

Pelletier was born in New Britain on August 6, 1989, according to an obituary. He graduated from Southington High School in 2007 before attending Central Connecticut State University, where he graduated in 2012, the obituary said.

He joined the Connecticut Department of Correction in June 2013 and left the agency two years later to become a state trooper. He graduated from the Connecticut State Police Academy in December 2015 and was assigned to the Troop H barracks in Hartford.

Pelletier lived in Southington with his wife and two children, according to the obituary.

He was killed last Thursday during a routine traffic stop on I-84 in Southington just before Exit 31, state police said. Pelletier was walking back to his cruiser during the stop when he was struck by a passing motorist just before 2:45 p.m.

The driver took off.

State police said they apprehended the man responsible, identified as 44-year-old Alex Oyola-Sanchez, nearby after his vehicle became disabled.

He remains held on a $1.5 million bond for manslaughter, evading responsibility and other charges, records show.