CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — The semitruck driver accused of hitting a Colorado State Patrol trooper near Castle Rock on the day after Thanksgiving drifted over the white fog line on the side of Interstate 25, investigators said Monday.
In the arrest affidavit for 41-year-old Noe Gamez-Ruiz, investigators said two videos show the semitruck crossing the solid white line and striking trooper Cody Donahue.
One of the videos came from the semitruck and one came from another trooper’s patrol car.
Donahue and trooper Matthew Normandin had responded to a crash on northbound Interstate 25 just south of Castle Rock about 1:30 p.m. Friday.
They were both in marked patrol vehicles with patrol lights on, according to the affidavit.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said Donahue was outside of his vehicle and wearing a reflective green safety vest when he was hit.
Gamez-Ruiz pulled over immediately after the crash and agreed to a voluntary blood test, the affidavit said. Gamez-Ruiz was arrested but posted bond early Saturday morning and is no longer in custody, officials said.
He is charged with with careless driving resulting in death and failure to yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle.
Donahue was a father of two and was an 11-year-veteran of the Colorado State Patrol.
According to an obituary posted Monday, the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Denver First Church of Nazarene (3800 E. Hampden Ave.) in Englewood.