DEER TRAIL, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE 8/8/19:
Officials announced there will be no charges against the driver involved in a deadly crash that claimed the life of a Colorado State Trooper back in June.
According to 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler and members of Colorado State Patrol the driver was not under the influence, was not using a cell phone and even moved over to the left lane, away from first responders, when the crash happened.
Trooper William Moden, 37, was hit by a vehicle while assisting with a serious-injury crash late June 15 on I-70 east of the Denver metro. A second trooper who was at the scene at the time attempted life-saving measures, but Moden was pronounced dead after arriving at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
"There is nothing more important to me than the safety of the men and women in this organization while they're doing their jobs" said Colonel Matthew Packard, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. "We wish to thank those that have supported us during this difficult process."
The Colorado State Patrol has recommended, and the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s office has accepted the recommendation that no charges will be filed against the driver involved in the crash.
"The right thing to do is sometimes not easy or obvious" said George Brauchler, District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District.
The crash took an emotional toll on many members of the Colorado State Patrol.
"It breaks my heart. It absolutely breaks my heart to tell you that our trooper lost his life tonight," said Col. Matthew Packard, chief of Colorado State Patrol soon after the crash. "He lost his life serving the citizens of Colorado. He lost his life doing what he loved doing."
Moden is one of the most recent in a string of deaths involving troopers in recent years. Others to lose their lives in the line of duty since 2016 include Trooper Cody Donahue, hit and killed while investigating a crash; Cpl. Daniel Groves, killed while assisting a motorist during a blizzard; and Trooper Jaimie Jursevics, killed by a drunk driver while responding to a crash.
Packard said his troopers were devastated and shaken by Moden's death.
"Pick an emotion: angry, sad, hurt -- that’s probably the biggest one right now. We are hurting and we’re short. This is an organization that is striving so hard, dedicated so intently on saving lives, and we lost somebody today that did that. In fact, Will is on our team that investigates serious crashes, that’s what he did, and we lost one of our very best. And I don’t know. The word numb has come up a lot tonight.”
Two days later, Moden's patrol vehicle remains parked outside his office in Commerce City, and the public is invited to drop off cards and flowers.
Gov. Jared Polis has ordered flags at half-staff across the state the weekend after his death until after his memorial.
"Will was an incredibly beloved guy," Packard said. "A smile that was only eclipsed by the size of his heart. Never missed an opportunity to brighten somebody’s day, to seek out somebody that needed help, and provide a service at a level that is second to none.
"We lost today. Our state lost a tremendous servant and a guy who loved being a Colorado state trooper. He loved his family. He loved being a trooper and he loved his pursuit of trying to make a difference.”
If you wish to donate to Trooper Moden's family, click here and select "Moden family." If you wish make a donation in Moden's name, click here. Colorado State Patrol will never call asking for donations, so if you receive a call from someone claiming to be with State Patrol, do not give any personal information. Hang up.