JEFFERSON COUNTY - Investigators spent the better part of Sunday on Highway 93, near West 64th Parkway trying to piece together a deadly crash that claimed the life of a veteran motorcycle deputy.
"This is an absolute tragedy that could have been completely avoided and unfortunately, we have lost a very good, respected officer in this community. That simply didn't need to happen," said Trooper Josh Lewis of the Colorado State Patrol.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said that around 10 a.m. Sunday, the deputy was heading northbound, when a Saturn SUV tried to pass another vehicle by crossing a double yellow line. The SUV struck the deputy head on. He died at the scene.
"I can tell you, it's a pretty sad day," said Jefferson County Sherriff Ted Mink, during a Sunday afternoon news conference. "It's a huge loss. There's over 800 employees with the Sheriff's Office and the deputy who lost his life was an integral part of this organization."
For now, the Sheriff's Office is not releasing the name of the deputy who was killed while they notify his relatives. As for the driver who hit him, Troopers say the investigation is ongoing.
"We can't speculate on any charges at this point," Lewis said.
The deputy who died Sunday morning is the fifth killed in the line of duty and the first ever to die in a traffic accident in the history of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
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