COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4) – The Colorado State Patrol offered new details about the crash that killed one of their own on Friday night. It happened on Interstate 70 near Deer Trail.
Trooper William Moden was investigating a separate crash at around 9:30 p.m. when a Ford F-250 traveling in the left lane hit the trooper.
“He was out of the vehicle and on foot when he was struck,” said Colonel Matthew Packard, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol.
Officials say the Moden’s vehicle was on the right shoulder with its lights activated. Another CSP vehicle was also parked on the shoulder with its lights activated.
“Immediately after [Trooper Moden] was struck, another trooper on scene responded to his aid and began life saving measures,” Packard explained. “He was flown to University Hospital where staff were unable to revive him.”
Packard said investigators don’t suspect the truck driver — only identified as a man from Colorado — to have been under the influence. That driver has been cooperative.
Further details about the collision were not released as the investigation is still ongoing. Packard added whether or not the Move Over Law is applicable in this case is part of the investigation. It is not clear, at this time, if the driver will face any charges. That will be up to the 18th Judicial District Attorney once the case is presented to their office in Arapahoe County.
What is painfully clear, however, is the fact Colorado lost an incredible and dedicated state trooper.
“This is a guy who dedicated 12 years of his life and every ounce of his being…in pursuit of making Colorado a safer place,” Packard said. “He was on the scene of a crash doing what he loved – serving the people of Colorado. He was darn good at it. He was one of our best investigators.”
A memorial service for Moden will be open to the public on Friday at 11 a.m. at First Church of Denver on Hampden Avenue near Colorado Boulevard.
Additional details about a procession are expected later Monday night or Tuesday.
“He was married to a wonderful woman who misses him greatly,” Packard said. “He’s got a large family…and they’re going to get through this because they have each other. But they are broken, just like our larger blue family.”
Colorado State Patrol asks those looking to donate to Trooper Moden and his family to donate to the Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation and select the Moden Family Fund.