Colorado State Patrol officer hit by truck

Legal news for Colorado automobile accident attorneys. A officer was hit while investigating another crash.

Colorado State Patrol alerts Colorado automobile accident lawyers- A trooper was injured after being hit by a GMC Sierra truck.

Grand Junction, CO—A Colorado State Patrol officer was investigating a crash when a GMC Sierra truck struck him. The trooper was investigating another traffic wreck at the intersection of U.S. Highway 6&50 and 20 Road around 8:00 p.m. on Friday night, November 13, 2009, as reported by the Grand Junction Sentinel.

The trooper was reportedly wearing a reflective vest while collecting evidence partially in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 6&50. The GMC Sierra, driven by Tracy Conklin, 47, of Grand Junction, struck the officer in the eastbound lanes. The injured police officer was identified as, Randy White, who is a 24-year veteran of the police force. White sustained a battery of injuries, which included a dislocated shoulder, a possible fractured nose, a closed head injury, and a large hematoma located on the back of his head. The injuries are reportedly non-life threatening but serious. White was rushed by emergency medical services (EMS) teams to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment. Police officials are still trying to determine if Conklin slowed down before hitting the officer, or even noticed the officer near the road while approaching.

Drugs and Alcohol are not believed to have been factors in the crash. An accident reconstruction team was at the scene conducting a full investigation in hopes of determining what exactly happened and how fast the truck was traveling. Charges are pending against Conklin.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Colorado automobile accident lawyers.