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State trooper hit and killed while investigating crash on I-70 in eastern Colorado

Posted at 11:53 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-15 22:19:07-04

DENVER – The Colorado State Patrol trooper who was hit and killed on Interstate 70 in eastern Colorado late Friday night has been identified as 37-year-old William Moden, officials said.

Col. Matthew Packard identified Moden, a 12-year veteran of the CSP, at a press conference early Saturday morning. Moden was investigating a crash about 9:40 p.m. Friday on I-70 between Limon and Peoria, near Deer Trail, when he was hit by another vehicle while he was outside of his patrol vehicle, officials said.

Moden was flown to the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, where he was pronounced dead. Troopers were still investigating the details of the crash Saturday morning. Officials have not released information about the driver who struck Moden.

However, Sgt. Blake White said the driver and the vehicle that hit Moden remained at the scene. He declined to say if the driver had been arrested, cited or charged.

"We lost one of our very best," Packard said.

Dozens of troopers held a procession in Moden's honor on Saturday morning. I-70 from mile marker 332 to mile marker 360 was closed for several hours after the crash.

Moden is the second Colorado State Patrol trooper to be fatally struck by a vehicle this year. Cpl. Daniel Groves, 52, was investigating a crash on I-76 near Roggen when another driver lost control and hit Groves, who was outside of his patrol vehicle.