Driver in fatal trooper crash says accelerator stuck
LONGMONT — The driver accused of killing a Colorado State Patrol cadet and critically injuring a trooper claims he crashed into them after his car malfunctioned, according to court documents.
Christopher Gebers, 27, was fleeing a traffic stop Saturday in Weld County when he plowed into the scene of a separate accident investigation being conducted by state troopers, authorities say. He hit cadet Taylor Thyfault, 21, and Trooper Clinton Rushing, 37, while they were putting out spikes to stop Gebers.
Witnesses heard Gebers say the crash wasn’t his fault because the emergency brake on his Honda locked up and the accelerator was stuck, according to Gebers’ arrest affidavit. Gebers gave police the same account.
Gebers, who was treated for injuries from the crash, was being held at the Boulder County jail Monday and was expected to appear in court Tuesday. It’s not known if he has a lawyer yet.
Authorities called Thyfault a hero for trying to save the life of tow truck driver Rusty Melvin.
Melvin said he was walking around his tow truck to put a railing in place when Thyfault yelled, “Get off the road! Get off the road!”
Rushing is improving but faces a long recovery, Trooper Josh Lewis, a State Patrol spokesman, said Monday. He said both the Rushing and Thyfault families do not want to talk about what happened yet.
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