PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– A Colorado Department of Transportation employee who was struck by a passing vehicle while he was filling potholes has died.

Nolan Olson was filling potholes on US Highway 160 in Pagosa Springs on Feb. 2 when he was struck by a passing car. He suffered serious head injuries.

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Nolan Olson (credit: CDOT)

Olson died over the weekend from his injuries. He had worked for CDOT for 14 years.

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Nolan Olson (credit: CDOT)

“Nolan possessed a wealth of knowledge about CDOT, was a true role model to his co-workers and was diligent in his work,” said Billy McDermott, the CDOT maintenance supervisor who manages the Pagosa Springs patrol, in a statement. “Nolan faced every day with a great and positive attitude. Every member of his patrol looked up to him. Nolan gave guidance for work tasks and was able to share the history of the patrol, CDOT and Pagosa area whenever asked.”

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Nolan Olson (credit: CDOT)

“We lost an incredible team member in Nolan. He was the type of person who would not have wanted his loss to have gone without shining a spotlight on the risks that our crews take every day when they go out on the roads to serve the public,” added Michael Lewis, Executive Director of CDOT, in a statement. “Not only do I want the public to understand the type of man that Nolan was, I also want the public to know and understand the care needed when driving on our highways. A driver’s undivided attention to the road will ensure we are able to come home to our families.”

The driver, Jerry Modisette, 83, was cited with careless driving.

Additional Information from CDOT: 

Fellow CDOT employees, families and friends created a Go Fund Me website to help provide financial support to Mr. Olson’s family. To contribute to the fund, visit:


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