Denver sheriff’s deputy dies two days after motorcycle crash

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Denver sheriff's deputy Anthony “Petro” Petranilli died on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, two days after being involved in a motorcycle accident.

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.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.