CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4) – A Colorado State Patrol trooper was struck by a truck and killed while he was on duty and outside his vehicle on Interstate 25 Friday afternoon.

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The crash took place at 1:30 p.m. south of Castle Rock near Tomah Road north of Larkspur. Trooper Cody Donahue was investigating a crash at the time with another trooper when he was killed.

Trooper Cody Donahue (credit: Colorado State Patrol)

Trooper Cody Donahue (credit: Colorado State Patrol)

Authorities said they expected to make an arrest of the driver of the truck sometime Friday night.

The northbound lanes of the highway were closed as an extensive investigation was launched. They aren’t expected to reopen until sometime in the overnight hours.

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Crime tape was strewn across the highway and Copter4 video showed a flag draped over Donahue’s body before it was removed from the scene.

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Donahue leaves behind two young children and his wife. He was an 11-year veteran of the Colorado State Patrol.

The Colorado State Patrol sent out a tweet saying simply “EOW” — which stands for End Of Watch.

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Comments (2)
  1. Sad.. However, police really should stop pulling people over along side of the road. At least follow the car until you can safely get off of an exit. Living in CO, I’ve noticed the State, county, and local police BARELY even get their car off the side of the road! Vehicles can’t always get over in lanes, especially if there is traffic.

  2. Extremely sad. My wife and I were driving back to New Mexico when we went by this scene. There must have been 20 to 25 police units on scene. Having been in law enforcement for many years, I had that bad feeling that there was a fatality…but I was distressed to learn it was a law enforcement brother. Condolences to the Trooper’s family and the State Patrol.

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