Hero Down: Colorado State Trooper William Moden Fatally Hit By Passing Motorist

Colorado State Patrol Trooper William Moden died in the line of duty early Saturday morning.

Deer Trail, CO – Colorado State Patrol (CSP) Trooper William “Will” Moden was killed in the line of duty on Saturday, after he was struck by a passing vehicle while working a crash scene investigation.

“We lost today,” CSP Colonel Matthew Packard said during an early-morning press conference. “Our state lost a tremendous servant and a guy who loved being a Colorado State trooper.”

The fatal collision occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m. Friday on Interstate 70 near mile marker 324, after 37-year-old Trooper Moden and his fellow law enforcement officers responded to the scene of a crash with serious injuries, Col. Packard explained.

“During the course of that investigation…another vehicle came through the area, and struck a Colorado State trooper,” he said.

Trooper Moden was not in his patrol vehicle at the time of the collision.

Other troopers immediately rushed to Trooper Moden and began rendering lifesaving aid.

He was airlifted to University of Colorado Hospital, “where a tremendous staff worked really hard to save his life,” Col. Packard said solemnly. “It absolutely breaks my heart to tell you that our trooper lost his life tonight.”

The cause of the crash that killed the veteran trooper remains under investigation.

Trooper Moden, a 12-year veteran-of-the-force, had a “smile that was only eclipsed by the size of his heart,” the colonel continued. “He lost his life serving the citizens of Colorado…doing what he loved doing."

He was “second to none” when it came to seeking out those in need of his assistance, Col. Packard said. “He loved his pursuit of trying to make a difference.”

Trooper Moden’s legacy will not be forgotten, the colonel told reporters.

“Colorado is…remarkably safer because of Will Moden…remember him as an incredible servant,” he declared. “We will miss him greatly.”

The fallen trooper was part of a large family, and “had a lot of people who loved him,” Col. Packard added.

Everyone is “devastated” and “shaken” by the sudden and tragic loss, but they are also experiencing feelings of hurt and anger, he said.

“That’s probably the biggest one right now – we are hurting,” Col. Packard noted. “We lost one of our very best…The word ‘numb’ has come up a lot tonight.”

He refused to confirm whether or not Trooper Moden has any children, but confirmed that he does leave behind his wife.

“He saw purpose in his life, not only at work, but in what he was put on this earth to do,” Col. Packard said. “He was so dedicated at going after that.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Colorado State Patrol Trooper William “Will” Moden, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Comments (15)
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Rascal1966
Rascal1966

RIP Trooper William Moden! Prayers to your family and friends! 🙏

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Slow down and move the hell over!

t-man
t-man

Sad to see this a Trooper or any LE for that matter lose their lives. Prayers for his family and fellow troopers...RIP officer.

investigator
investigator

Truly, truly sorry for this Officer's family....both blood and blue.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

This is sad and tragic! We put in so much training because of this, but it still happens. I personally will have vehicles move to a more secure location if I don't feel safe, but even that is no guarantee. Rest easy brother.

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

Another senseless loss of life b/c someone behind the wheel wasn’t paying attention. How do you not see yourself approaching an accident scene? Especially at night w/lights flashing wildly?! Too pathetically sad. So hope the person responsible loses their license for good & does TIME! Too many get away w/manslaughter. This is total unacceptable. We need to have stiff penalties for distracted drivers. And stiffer ones for impaired drivers. We are too lenient on too many. Giving them the opportunity to repeat. Prayers & Condolences to his grief stricken family, during this heartbreaking time. May Jesus comfort you.

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

Our lazy, over paid, useless politicians should immediately pass a law that says, IF YOU CAUSE THE DEATH OF A FIRST RESPONDER ON A HIGHWAY, YOU GO TO PRISON PERIOD!!!.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

So sad. Condolences and Prayers out to his department and family.

Billy72230
Billy72230

RIP officer thank you for your service God bless the blue God please keep all officers safe and watch out for the blue God bless his family amen

pixiepup
pixiepup

Very sad! Prayers to family and friends! Thank u for your service!

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

Kids don't play in the street or you will get ran over 🚘

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

“Colorado is…remarkably safer"

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

R.I.P. Sir!!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Curious about the "paasing vehicle." Off duty officer? On duty officer?