CASTLE ROCK, Colo. – Charges will not be filed against the driver of the pickup truck that fatally struck Colorado State Patrol Trooper William Moden in June, officials announced at a news conference Thursday.
Moden, 37, was struck and killed along Interstate 70 in eastern Colorado on June 14. Moden was investigating a crash on 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 have said.
Colorado State Patrol Chief Matthew Packard on Thursday said Moden was standing in the left lane of the highway, mapping the initial crash as part of his investigation, when he was struck by a Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by a 58-year-old man.
The man was driving at or below the speed limit, the investigation found, and he was paying to attention to the patrol cars on the right side of the highway, Packard said. He noticed Moden just moments before the crash, and Moden was thrown into the center median, where another trooper began life-saving measures.
The driver of the F-250 "stopped immediately," Packard said, and was "incredibly cooperative" with the investigation. He offered a voluntary blood test, which showed no signs of impairment. Investigators also analyzed his cell phone and it didn't appear that the driver was distracted at the time of the crash, Packard said.
"We do not believe the driver violated any law," Packard said. "The driver complied with Colorado law and did everything he was supposed to do."
District Attorney George Brauchler said he agreed with the decision to not file charges against the driver and that the Colorado State Patrol's investigation was unbiased.
"It would have been easy to lean toward finding something wrong rather than looking for the truth of what happened," Brauchler said. "Through this investigation, which I really respect how they approached this and did this, the right thing is to not file criminal charges against this individual."
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