'The trooper with a big smile': Newly-released photo hopes to honor Cody Donahue

Photo courtesy: CSP

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (KKTV) - The family of a fallen Colorado state trooper, killed in the line of duty, has requested a new photo be shared with the public.

The Colorado State Patrol released a picture of Trooper Cody Donahue smiling, more than a year after he was killed while investigating a car crash. The meaningful gesture came on Wednesday.

"Velma Donahue and the Donahue family asked that we begin to use a photo of Cody that shows his big smile, so Cody can be remembered as the trooper with the big smile," State Patrol sent out in a release to the media.

Donahue was outside of his patrol car on Nov. 25, 2016 when he was hit and killed by a truck driver along I-25 near Castle Rock. Investigators say the truck driver had room to move over.

Velma, Donahue's widow, worked on legislation that was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2017 called the "Move Over for Cody Act." At the time the act was signed, it raised the chances for jail time and financial penalties for drivers who fail to move over for emergency responders. The law against careless driving, or failing to move over, carries a possible penalty of 12 to 18 months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.