Colorado State Patrol trooper, Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputy injured in crash near Watkins identified

Police said the trooper was airlifted to a hospital after responders cut him out of the wreckage. The deputy was taken to a hospital by ambulance. / KDVR

DENVER, Colo. — Authorities say a Colorado State Patrol trooper and an Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputy are seriously hurt after their cars collided head-on while responding to a road rage report near Watkins Saturday night.

Authorities say both were responding to the area for a road rage incident involving a handgun but right now it’s not known why the cars were traveling in opposite directions while answering the same call.

On Sunday the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office identified the sheriff’s deputy as Dep. Dale Davis, a six-year veteran with the department. Authorities say he is in serious but stable condition.

Colorado State Patrol also released the trooper’s name Sunday. He has been identified as Corporal Ivan Alvarado, a ten-year veteran currently assigned to Troop3D, serving the communities along the I-70 corridor east of the Denver metro area.

Ivan Alvarado
Ivan Alvarado / Colorado State Patrol

Despite serious injuries, the trooper was able to talk with responders after the crash on 48th Avenue near the Front Range Airport, according to officials.

He was transported to University Hospital with serious injuries.

CSP has issued the following statement to the community:

Thank you for all of the kind thoughts and comments we have received. Corporal Alvarado is a well-respected member of our agency and our mission is to support Ivan and his family in this difficult time.”

The Aurora Police Department is conducting the investigation.

 

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