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Jaimie Jursevics, R.I.P.: State Patrol IDs Trooper Killed on I-25

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Update: The Colorado State Patrol has identified the trooper who died while investigating a minor accident on I-25 last night as Jaimie Jursevics.

Here are more details, courtesy of the CSP:

It is with great sadness that the Colorado State Patrol sends this update to identify the Trooper killed in last night’s crash. The Trooper involved has been identified as 33 year old Jaimie Jursevics. Trooper Jursevics joined the Colorado State Patrol in January 2011. She was initially assigned to Troop 4-C Vail and transferred to Troop 1-C Castle Rock in 2014. She is survived by her husband and young child. Last night, Chief Scott Hernandez gave a statement about our loss. “Our family has been hurt today. A senseless act has taken the life of someone who swore to protect Colorado. We offer our thoughts, prayers and full condolences to her family. We will grieve with them, and with them we will never forget her sacrifice."

Continue for our previous coverage.

Original post, 5:43 a.m.: Moments ago, I-25 south of Castle Rock reopened just in time for Monday's rush hour, ending a closure of more than eight hours.

The reason: the death of a Colorado State Trooper, who was hit and killed last night while investigating a minor traffic accident.

The incident prompted a rare off-hours press conference, during which an obviously emotional Scott Hernandez, chief of the CSP, encouraged everyone to focus their thoughts and prayers on the thus-far-unidentified trooper and her family.

First official word of the incident came via this CSP tweet at 9:25 p.m. last night:

According to Fox31, the incident took place at around 8:50 p.m. last night, November 15, on I-25 near Tomsah Road.

The trooper was on the right shoulder of the highway near mile marker 175 when she was struck and killed by another driver.

That driver has been taken into custody. However, there's no word thus far about possible arrests or charges.

Shortly thereafter, members of the media arrived on the scene, including 7News' James Dougherty, who tweeted these images....

The station's Russell Haythorn also posted this video in which other troopers pay tribute to their fallen comrade:

In addition, the CSP shared this poignant image and message....

...and this Facebook graphic:

The highway was originally expected to remain closed through 8:30 a.m. today, Haythorn tweeted — but moments ago, it reopened.

This action prevented a massive rush-hour issue — but it didn't lighten the hearts of those close to the late trooper.

Our sincere condolences to her friends, family and loved ones.

Here's a Fox31 report, broadcast this morning shortly before the highway reopened.

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