Senate Honors Family of Fallen State Trooper

Denver -- The Colorado Senate suspended legislative business this morning to recognize and thank the family of fallen Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue, widow Velma Donahue and daughters Maya and Leila, for the key role they played in the 2017 passage of SB17-229, the “Move Over for Cody Law,” which aims to eliminate senseless tragedies like the one that killed Trooper Donahue in November of 2016.

Donahue was struck and killed by a truck on Interstate-25 while investigating an accident. The law named in his honor increases penalties for motorists who fail to exercise due care and move over or slow down when law enforcement, other first responders or public utility vehicles are stationary along our roadways.

Donahue’s wife and children led Senators in the pledge of allegiance, before Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Parker) presented the family with a framed copy of SB17-229, along with the pen used by Governor John Hickenlooper to sign the bill into law. Also in attendance were SB17-229 co-sponsors Reps. Polly Lawrence and Kim Ransom, both Republicans from Douglas County.

Holbert told the state troopers who accompanied the family that their efforts in raising awareness of the law were commendable. “Thank you to the State Patrol and the Colorado Department of Transportation for spreading this good message,” said Holbert. “Please move over or slow down when you see flashing lights ahead.”

Velma Donahue called continuing efforts to improve roadside safety for troopers and other first-responders “heartwarming.” “It is an absolute honor to be here, a year later after my husband’s death,” she said. “The support that has been given to us has been unbelievable and means the world to us.”

Donahue said that the framed bill will be hung prominently in the family’s living room.

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