State trooper hit and killed by semi-truck


Colorado State Patrol

Trooper Cody Donahue was tragically killed on November 26.

Rebecca Crook, Ranger Review Reporter

On Saturday, November 26, a state trooper was hit and killed on the side of the road. A food truck hit 34-year-old Cody Donahue as he was investigating a different minor crash with another State trooper at about 1:50 PM on Northbound I-25, near Castle Rock.

According to The Denver Channel, At 1:50 p.m, Trooper Normandin said he was sitting in his car, and Trooper Donahue was next to a wrecked vehicle, when a semi crossed the solid white line and hit Donahue.

A semi-truck had drifted over the line and struck the trooper. The 41-year-old driver, Noe Gamez-Ruiz, is being charged with failure to yield the right-of-way to a stationary emergency vehicle and careless driving causing death, which can earn him one year in prison if he is convicted.

Colorado State Patrol spokesman Josh Lewis said.  “We don’t call them accidents for a reason. This was a crash that could have been avoided.”

Sheriff’s chief deputy Steve Johnson gave this message: “When you see these troopers and you see these law enforcement officers that are out trying to do their job, please move over. Give them the room that they need because if not, this is what happens and it continues to happen on a regular basis,” KKTV News said.

Flags were ordered to be lowered to half-staff on Friday, Dec. 2 by Gov. John Hickenlooper. They will be lowered on all public buildings statewide in memory of Colorado State Patrol Trooper Cody Donahue.

A GoFundMe account was set up by the Colorado State Patrol to help his wife and two daughters raise money and get through this hard time. It has currently has raised almost $90,000 and is still open to donations for anyone who wants to help out. You can go to to give money.