The truck driver who was accused of hitting and killing Colorado State Patrol Trooper Cody Donahue in 2016 was convicted of careless driving, passing resulting in death as well as failure to stay in a lane.
A third charge for careless driving was leveled against driver Noe Gamez-Ruiz, but he was not found guilty.
On Nov. 25, 2016, Gamez-Ruiz was driving his truck on Interstate 25 near Castle Rock when he struck Donahue. His partner, CSP Trooper Matthew Normandin called for help, though Donahue was killed instantly upon impact.
The fatal incident led to the “Move Over for Cody Act” which states that drivers who do not change lanes when passing law enforcement vehicles, state highway workers or tow-truck drivers can face up to 18 months in jail and pay a $5,000 fine.
Prior to the verdict, the case had two separate mistrials due to the prosecution’s failure to disclose information to the defense.
Sentencing is set for July 30. Gamez-Ruiz could face a maximum of 12 months in jail, but he is eligible for probation, according to the 18th Judicial District.
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