A man who has worked at the Colorado Department of Transportation for 14 years died at the hospital Sunday – more than a week after he was hit by a passing vehicle while filling potholes in Pagosa Springs.

The employee, identified as 64-year-old Nolan Olson, worked as an equipment operator in southwest Colorado, according to CDOT spokesperson Lisa Schwantes.

“He was very knowledgeable and definitely a leader in his patrol,” Schwantes said. “He trained many new employees. He was very well-liked and respected.

“This is very tragic for our employees that worked close with him.”

Nolan was struck by a vehicle on Highway 150 on Feb. 2, Schwantes said. He suffered severe injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital. He was later flown to St. Anthony’s in Lakewood, where he succumbed to his injuries.

“This brings to light how dangerous the work of our crews is,” Schwantes said. “We stress to drivers to please have a little patience it would sure go a long way to ensure our employees go home safe at night.”

A GoFundMe that has been certified by CDOT was created by those who knew Nolan. You can see that here: http://bit.ly/2Eoggbh