Officer hit by pickup is a veteran state trooper

The Colorado State Patrol trooper who was seriously injured after being struck by a truck Friday night while investigating another accident was identified Saturday as Randy White, a 24-year veteran of the patrol.

White was believed to still be at St. Mary’s Hospital on Saturday night with what authorities termed serious but nonlife-threatening injuries. A hospital administrator said she had no information about White’s condition.

The accident happened around 8 p.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 6&50 at 20 Road.

White was wearing a reflective vest and was partially in the eastbound lane of traffic on U.S. 6&50, collecting evidence, when he was hit by a black 2004 GMC Sierra, Trooper Ryan Sullivan said.

The Sierra was driven by Tracy Conklin, 47, of Grand Junction. Conklin was not injured, the State Patrol said.

Police radio reports Friday night listed White’s injuries as a dislocated shoulder, a probable fractured nose, a closed head injury and a large hematoma on the back of his head.

Sullivan said charges are pending against Conklin, but that neither alcohol nor drugs is suspected as a factor. The crash is still under investigation.

He said he didn’t know whether Conklin slowed down or noticed the accident White was investigating. He said an accident reconstruction team is investigating the incident to determine exactly what happened and how fast Conklin was driving.

Sullivan said the accident serves as a reminder of the danger troopers face in the course of their daily duties.

“Whenever you get hit by something that big, you’re very fortunate to be talking,” he said. “It could have been a lot worse.”


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