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(KUSA) Bad things happen.

Denver, Colorado artist John Henley knows all about that.

In August, he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. The new truck he bought a month ago was a celebration for beating it.

"I woke up last night and heard a big thump around 2:30 a.m. It sounded like the newspaper hitting the front yard," he said. "My wife opened the door and looked out says, 'Looks like there is a cop. No, the cop car is on top of your truck.'"

It was parked in front of his home. He'd had it for only four weeks.

But, a spokesman says when you drive for a living, these things happen.

"I can tell you that we drive 10 hours a day, 4 days a week, 40 hours a week of driving - that accidents can and do happen and sometimes we're at fault," said Sgt. Steve Warneke, spokesman for the Denver Police Department. "And when we are, there are consequences that we have internally that we face when that situation arises."

The internal punishment for officers, if they are at fault, is severe.

"Once each case is investigated, it's important to look at the specifics, so we can determine if this was a training issue. If so, then we can get that corrected," Warneke said. "Always, always we're looking at best practices. If we can learn something as a department, from the mistake of one accident and pass it on to recruits and other people as we go forward, then that's something we're looking to do as well."

Henley hopes to replace the truck. He sees this incident as another reminder that driving should be the only focus when behind the wheel.

Read more at KUSA's website.

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