- Associated Press - Friday, November 25, 2016

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado State Patrol trooper was hit and killed by a commercial vehicle Friday as he was investigating a crash on Interstate 25 south of Castle Rock.

Trooper Cody Donahue, an 11-year veteran of the State Patrol, died at the scene, and the northbound lanes of the interstate were closed for several hours. The Denver Post reported Donahue was outside of his vehicle when he was hit by the truck, which belonged to a commercial food service company.

“We don’t call them accidents for a reason. This was a crash,” Trooper Josh Lewis told reporters. “And crashes, especially like this, can absolutely be avoided.”

Maj. Steve Garcia with the State Patrol said Donahue, who was assigned to the agency’s nearby Castle Rock office, had elementary school-aged children and a wife.

“Cody was a really good kid and he had two beautiful children. … He’ll be really missed,” Garcia said.

A procession of law enforcement vehicles accompanied the trooper’s body from the scene as officers lined the streets, standing at attention. Meanwhile, the State Patrol was trying to comfort employees and their families after what has been a tough couple of years.

Taylor Thyfault, a 21-year-old State Patrol cadet, was killed in May 2015 when he and a trooper were hit while trying to stop a fleeing car near Longmont. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of trooper.

The driver in that crash was convicted of first-degree murder and is set to be sentenced Tuesday.

In November 2015, Trooper Jaimie Jursevics, 33, was hit and killed by a drunk driver while she was investigating a crash near Castle Rock. A retired Army colonel was sentenced to eight years in prison for hitting her and fleeing the scene.

Prosecutors said he had spent the day drinking at a Denver Broncos game before the crash.

Donahue is the 27th trooper to die in the line of duty for the Colorado State Patrol since the agency’s inception in 1935, according to The Denver Post.

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