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
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.