Police identify driver in death of Colorado Patrol trooper

Authorities say a driver accused of hitting and killing a Colorado State Patrol trooper has been charged and released from jail.

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a driver accused of hitting and killing a Colorado State Patrol trooper has been charged and released from jail.

Investigators said Saturday that 41-year-old Noe Gamez-Ruiz, of Denver, was charged with a traffic offense and careless driving resulting in the death of Trooper Cody Donahue. The 11-year veteran of the State Patrol died Friday after he was struck by a commercial vehicle while investigating a traffic crash on Interstate 25 south of Castle Rock.

Police say Gamez-Ruiz remained at the scene. He posted bond early Saturday and was released from jail. He could not immediately be reached for comment, and records don’t list an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Donahue was the third Colorado trooper fatally struck by a vehicle in 18 months.