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Trooper hit, killed by vehicle on I-25 ID'd

Trooper hit, killed by vehicle on I-25 ID'd

The suspect has been charged with careless driving resulting in death, a class 1 misdemeanor, and failure to yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle.

The driver who hit and killed a Colorado State Patrol trooper on northbound Interstate 25 Friday afternoon has been arrested and is facing multiple charges. A GoFundMe website states he left behind a wife and two daughters.

Northbound I-25 was closed for hours at Tomah Road while crews investigated the crash scene.

The driver of the vehicle that hit Donahue has been detained for questioning.

A procession of law enforcement vehicles accompanied the trooper's body from the scene as officers lined the streets, standing at attention.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

"Our hearts go out to the family of Trooper Donahue and to the Colorado State Patrol. And crashes, especially like this, can absolutely be avoided".

"We don't call them accidents, this was a crash", Trooper Josh Lewis, a State Patrol spokesman, said.

The collision happened just after 2 p.m. a few miles south of the Plum Creek Golf Course.

Sadly, this is not the first time, in recent memory, a trooper's life has been lost on I-25.

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.

"He certainly will be missed as a trooper and an individual, to say the least", Lewis said. Christopher Gebers was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted murder in the crash. A retired Army colonel was sentenced to eight years in prison for hitting her and fleeing the scene.