Trooper killed while investigating crash on interstate

Jaimie Jursevics / Colorado State Patrol
Jaimie Jursevics / Colorado State Patrol

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — A Colorado State Patrol trooper was hit and killed while investigating a crash on Interstate 25 Sunday night.

Troopers said the crash happened around 8:50 p.m. on southbound Interstate 25 near mile marker 175, which is between Castle Rock and Larkspur. A trooper was outside of her car helping with a crash investigation when she was hit by a vehicle. She died on the scene.

The trooper has been identified as Jaimie Jursevics, 33. Jursevics joined the Colorado State Patrol in January 2011. She was originally assigned to Vail, and was transferred to Castle Rock in 2014. She is survived by her husband and young child.

Eric Henderson / Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Eric Henderson / Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the vehicle was Eric Henderson, 52, of Peyton. He is charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence, and careless driving resulting in death.

Deputies said Henderson left the scene of the accident, and was stopped by Palmer Lake police officers on Spruce Mountain Road.

KDVR reports Henderson was a colonel with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command before retiring in June 2013.

The interstate was closed in both directions for several hours while authorities investigated the crash. It reopened around 5:30 a.m.

According to the Douglas County Court papers Eric Henderson and his friend left Sunday morning to head up to a Broncos game and tailgate, drinking a few beers while tailgating and during the game.
Then afterwards they walked to bar nearby had another beer there and then another one at Eric’s truck before heading back home.

A passenger in the car Sunday night says he fell asleep on the way home and was woken up by a loud noise, and heard a “big thump.”
He does not remember if Henderson got out of the car but does remember him pulling off the side of the road and making an abrupt U-turn.

A Palmer Lake Police Officer saw a truck matching the description driving by with front end damage, and turned his lights on to pull the car over.
Henderson finally pulls over after almost a mile, the officer asking Henderson about the damage to his truck; Henderson replying “nothing.”

Henderson was a Colonel with the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command, but retired in 2013.

He is now being held on a million dollar bond at the Douglas County Jail.

Officers say while paper work was being completed, Henderson was seen crying and saying “I killed a cop.”

Henderson’s neighbors finding out about the crash Monday morning from friends and family.

“Shocked just sick to my stomach, it’s unbelievable,” Jeri Texer, neighbor said.

Texer says she knows him well; she even went to his retirement party a few years ago, and goes on describing Henderson as upbeat person always visiting with neighbors and lending a hand to others.

“He’s very friendly out going, helps people, he’s a nice guy, he’s got a nice family,” Texer said.

And she thinks he would never do something like this on purpose.

“I’m sure it wasn’t intentional, I know alcohol can be bad and cause things to happen that you are not really able to control,” Terex said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Jaimie Jursevics’s family. Click here to donate.

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