Denver sheriff’s deputy dies two days after motorcycle crash
DENVER — A Denver Sheriff’s Department deputy died Saturday night, two days after he was involved in an off-duty motorcycle crash in Littleton.
Anthony “Petro” Petranilli, 53, was riding his motorcycle on South Santa Fe Drive just south of C-470 about 3 p.m. Thursday when he collided with another vehicle, the sheriff’s department said. He was off duty when the crash happened.
Petranilli was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery. He remained on life support until about 9 p.m. Saturday. He was surrounded by family, friends and sheriff’s department staff when he died.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
“Petro was a good officer and loving father,” Denver Sheriff Elias Diggins said in a news release.
Petranilli was a 19-year veteran with the department. He is survived by a 17-year-old son. Funeral arrangements are pending.
A GoFundMe account to help his son cover funeral costs has been established.