Lakewood motorcycle officer in serious condition after crash

Crash involved two other cars; investigation continues


The Lakewood Police Department is asking for thoughts and prayers from the community after one of its officers was involved in a serious accident with two other vehicles Aug. 2 at about 1 p.m.

Agent Mark O’Donnell was rushed to St. Anthony’s Hospital after the crash at West Colfax Avenue and Vance Street. A 12-year veteran of the department, he has undergone multiple surgeries and is in serious condition, Lakewood Police Cmdr. Mark Reeves said.

“Our officer has a long recovery ahead of him," Reeves said. "Obviously talking to our officers (about the accident) wasn’t easy. We’re still trying to piece together some things.”

According to a Lakewood police news release, a witness said O’Donnell, who was on duty, was westbound on Colfax when an eastbound vehicle turned left in front of his motorcycle. After the vehicle collided with the motorcyle, it spun in a circle and hit another vehicle.

A female driver in one of the other vehicles was taken to the hospital as well, but her injuries were non-life threatening, according to the release. Police did not know if she is still hospitalized.

The Jefferson County Accident Response Team was called to the scene because the crash involved an on-duty agent and resulted in serious injuries. The JCART is a group with members from numerous law enforcement agencies in the area.

The investigation is ongoing.

West Colfax Avenue was closed in both directions between Wadsworth Boulevard and Teller Street after the Aug. 2 accident, but it reopened at about 5 p.m. 


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