Motorcyclist who died in collision at COS intersection ID'd as Peterson AFB Captain

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Peterson Air Force Base announced on Wednesday that an Army captain who was stationed at their installation was the motorcyclist who died in a crash at a Colorado Springs intersection on Tuesday. 

Captain Patrick S. Jones, 29, died from his injuries following a crash with a vehicle at the intersection of Tutt and Dublin on July 11. 

READ MORE: Fatal motorcycle vs vehicle accident at Tutt, Dublin

Jacob R. Saldua of Lubbock, Texas has been charged with Vehicle Turning Left, a Class A traffic infraction. 

Saldua apparently attempted to turn left in front of the motorcycle which was speeding, and it resulted in the crash.

Peterson Air Force Base released the following facts about Captain Jones: 

Capt. Jones who's originally from California entered active-duty military service in October 2010 as an infantry officer and was assigned to 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Colorado Springs, since May 2016.

Jones deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, returning in December 2011.

Jones’ awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Overseas Service Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Defense Medal, Expert Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Army Basic Space Badge.


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