Next time you see law enforcement on the side of the road, move over and slow down.
That’s the message Trooper Cody Donahue’s family shared a little less than a week after he was killed on the shoulder of Interstate 25.
“Two little girls are going to grow up without their Daddy, and there’s no good reason,” the family wrote.
Donahue, 34, was an 11-year veteran of the Colorado State Patrol. He returned to a job patrolling the streets just three weeks before his death. It was his choice: he wanted to go back and help keep the public safe.
He leaves behind a wife and two young daughters.
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“There are no words to express how great our loss is,” Donahue’s family wrote in the statement. “Cody was the rock of our family. He was always there to make us smile, lend a hand, give a hug. Our hearts are forever broken.”
According to his obituary, Donahue was a man so honest he even gave his own wife a ticket.
He died last Friday, as he was investigating a crash on Interstate 25 south of Castle Rock. A truck, driven by Noe Gamez-Ruiz, crossed the white line and struck Donahue while he was in the shoulder of the highway.
Gamez-Ruiz was arrested on suspicion of careless driving causing death and failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle.
Under Colorado law, drivers must either move over for emergency personnel or slow down.
You can read the full Donahue family statement below:
First of all, we want to thank everyone who has sent love and prayers to our family, including our community, the Colorado State Patrol, and our friends and family around the world. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. There are no words to express how great our loss is. Cody was the rock of our family. He was always there to make us smile, lend a hand, give a hug. Our hearts are forever broken. We do want to take this opportunity to ask all who have been touched by this tragedy, please don’t drive carelessly. If you see emergency personnel on the side of the road, please slow down and move over. Two little girls are going to grow up without their Daddy and there’s just no good reason.