The trooper had returned to their shift after funeral services for slain Deputy Micah Flick, State Patrol said, and was working a crash investigation on I-25 in El Paso County when a vehicle passing the scene lost control. The driver was reportedly going too fast for the snowy conditions late Saturday and spun into the back of the trooper's cruiser.
Trooper hit by careless driver just hours after deputy funeral
After paying respects to a fallen brother yesterday this trooper went back to work. While covering a crash on I-25 a careless driver going to fast for conditions lost control and collided with the trooper. Thankfully the trooper and the other driver are ok. #slowdown #moveover pic.twitter.com/4I3YG396ud— CSP Colorado Springs (@CSP_CSprings) February 11, 2018
State Patrol has suffered several losses in recent years to similar crashes. In the span of just 18 months over 2016 and 2017, three troopers were killed by a vehicle in the line of duty.
They and other law enforcement agencies stress that these tragedies are preventable -- most could be avoided if the driver had just moved over or at least slowed down for the officer.