From the Denver Post
Van De Weghe was in fair condition Tuesday.
Jefferson County – A Colorado State Patrol trooper was seriously injured Tuesday when a car smashed into the back of his patrol car as he was parked beside Interstate 70 west of Denver.
Trooper Patrick Van De Weghe, 44, was pinned inside the car after the 11:10 a.m. accident near the Chief Hosa exit and had to be removed with special equipment, said Master Trooper Ron Watkins.
Van De Weghe was flown by helicopter to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, where he was in fair condition Tuesday afternoon, said hospital spokeswoman Bev Lilly. Officials did not disclose the extent of the trooper’s injuries. Shaian Birashk, 26, of Denver, who drove a 1996 Nissan Maxima into the patrol car, and Jennifer Thompson, 21, a passenger in his car, were treated at St. Anthony Central and released, Watkins said.
No charges have been filed against Birashk, he said. An investigation is continuing. Van De Weghe had just finished an investigation of a one-car accident and was parked on the westbound left shoulder of the highway when his patrol car was struck, Watkins said. His overhead emergency lights were on at the time, he said. All westbound lanes of I-70 were closed for 2 hours during the investigation. Van De Weghe is a 17-year veteran of the patrol.Authorities do not believe Birashk was impaired by alcohol or drugs.