Ft. Carson Soldier Killed On I-25 Served Two Tours In Iraq

Fort Carson officials say a Special Forces Soldier assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldier was the victim of the fatal motorcycle accident that partially closed Interstate 25 southbound for more than two hours Thursday.

Police say 27-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Justin Alfred Petersen was killed when his motorcycle collided with a semi-truck while he was attempting to merge onto I-25.

Sgt. 1st Class Justin Alfred Petersen was assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group. He had served two previous tours in Iraq, from May 2003 - July 2004 and from March 2007 - October 2007.

His awards include:
Meritorious Service Medal (will be awarded posthumously)
Army Commendation Medal (w/ three oak leaf clusters)
Army Achievement Medal (w/ one oak leaf)
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Army Good Conduct Medal (w/ two knots)
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

His decorations include:
Special Forces Tab
Parachutist Badge
National Defense Service Medal
Iraqi Campaign Medal (w/ Bronze Service Star)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (w/numeral two)
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon (w/numeral three)

He was a native of Rock Springs, Wyoming. Petersen would have turned 28 on June 30.

Police say two motorcyclists, Petersen and another rider, were merging onto I-25S at Cimarron Thursday, when Petersen lost control of his bike and hit a truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other motorcyclist left the scene of the accident. Police are not sure if the drivers knew each other or were riding together but they say they would like to speak with the other motorcyclist.

"The other rider was in front of this rider. We don't know if he was even aware this guy was here. They may have been traveling separately, they may have been together. But, it's something we're working on," said Sgt. Rob Kelley with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

The accident is under investigation by the Colorado State Police and the Colorado Springs Police Department.

This is the fourth motorcyclist killed in an accident this year. Police remind everyone to be more aware of motorcycles on the roads this time of year because of the nice weather.


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  • by Christina Location: MI on Oct 10, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    I meet Justin back in high school when I was friends with his cousin Jenni. Justin was an amazing person and I am truly blessed that I got I chance to know him. He is truely missed and my heart goes out to his family, which I also got a chance to get to know as well. I am so sorry for your lose
  • by Justin's mother Location: Wyoming on Jun 14, 2009 at 10:23 AM
    I am with heavy heart that I have to reply to the last post. This man from Utah calls himself father. A father doesn't abuse his children to the point that the criminal courts take his rights away. He hasn't been in Justin's life for 20 yrs and Justin never referred to him as father/dad. The military and police told this man that he wasn't allowed to come to any part of the memorial services for Justin or near his family. Justin chose who he would call dad and he was very close to him. Tom when it comes to your judgment day you will have to answer for your actions. If you find it necessary to continue posting, your actions and the truth will be known.
  • by mother of Justin Location: Wyoming on Jun 14, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    I is with heavy heart that I have to reply to the last post. This man from Utah calls himself father. A father doesn't abuse his children to the point that the criminal courts take his rights away. He hasn't been in Justin's life for 20 yrs and Justin never referred to him as father/dad. The military and police told this man that he wasn't allowed to come to any part of the memorial services for Justin or near his family. Justin chose who he would call dad and he was very close to him. Tom when it comes to your judgement day you will have to answer for your actions. If you find it nessasary to continue posting, your actions and the truth will be known.
  • by Father Location: Utah on Jun 7, 2009 at 11:26 AM
    Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. Justin is with all that have passed. The funeral was yesterday. Our time to leave is not known, I will be with him in the future and pick up were we left off. As for the truck driver, my heart is heavy for you. There is no blame to anyone, it was Justin's time to move on. It is great to have relatives like Glen and Bonnie to help our family through these sad times. We will miss Justin very much.
  • by Glen A Dolberg Location: Stockton, CA on Jun 4, 2009 at 12:05 PM
    Dear Ones, Hopefully our beloved Emilee who left this earthly existence on Mar. 4 of this year will be there for her cousin who has now also passed to the other side. Our LOVE and prayers are for the entire family. Glen & Bonnie Dolberg
  • by Dixie Normus on May 30, 2009 at 09:49 PM
    These truckers are a hazard to us all -- now one of them has KILLED one of our brave men! Shame on these trucker road hogs.
  • by EDWARD Location: COLORADO SPRINGS on May 30, 2009 at 02:09 AM
    MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY. IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT I CAN HELP THE FAMILY WITH PLEASE HAVE THEM CONTACT ME THROUGH MY E-MAIL. MAY THE GREAT SPIRIT HOLD HIS FAMILY AND GIVE THEM THE COMFORT THAT ONLY COMES FROM HIM.
  • by sissy Location: c/springs on May 29, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    my heart goes out to the family and friends of this young soldier...RIP dear man..thank you for protecting me and my family and all of us. MARK...my prayers are with you and i hope you will somehow find this young woman..she was probably texting..i've seen several young women doing it...I believe I may have seen this young woman thurs.afternoon..after 5 pm west boung on GOG rd..near the interstate. good wishes to you.
  • by Ray Loomis Location: Palmer Lake on May 28, 2009 at 11:20 PM
    I drove by shortly after and have not been able to forget what I saw. I served eight years and am only one year older than this man. My heart goes out to the ones that have suffered a loss, and also to our country for loosing another one of our troops. This was clearly not the fault of the truck driver and he should know that no one blames him. This must be a tough time for him as well. I have a lot of questions such as how experienced a rider he was, and if he had on a helmet. All I have left to say is that I had to come home and kiss my family and thank God I am here to see them tonight. As we go forward enjoying our summer always look twice and give motorcycles plenty of room. As a fellow rider this hits close to home. Setting the example for safety may save a friend's life. May God rest his sole.
  • by Monique Location: Woodland Park on May 28, 2009 at 10:29 PM
    My heart goes out to the family of this man, he has a special place in my heart. I was an eye witness to this accident and and saw the whole terrible thing.Just a few stop lights down the road I saw him smiling and talking with another rider then this.. All I could do was pray that the Lord would recieve him with open arms. PLEASE EVERYONE be careful we never know when our time is at its end.
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