Man Accused In Deadly Crash Charged With Murder

The driver accused of hitting and killing a Colorado State Patrol cadet was charged with first-degree murder Monday.

Police say Christopher Gebers, 27, hit and killed Cadet Taylor Thyfault, 21, and seriously injured Trooper Clinton Rushing as they were responding to an accident.

Rushing put out stop sticks to try to stop Gebers as he approached their location. Gebers reportedly swerved to miss the sticks and hit the two men.

The crash happened May 23.

Gebers says his accelerator and emergency brake were stuck, according to investigators. A message left for his attorney wasn't returned.

Gebers also has been charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license and using illegal blue or red lights on his car.

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PREVIOUS 5/28 Calling it a "devastating loss," Colorado State Patrol announced last weekend that one of their own was killed on duty.

Cadet Taylor Thyfault, 21, who was in training with State Patrol, stopped at an accident early Saturday morning on Highway 66 just west of the Boulder/Weld county line. He was accompanied by Trooper Clinton Rushing, 37.

While the men were assisting at the crash, an unrelated high-speed chase got underway on the highway east of the county line. A 27-year-old behind the wheel of a Honda Civic was reportedly trying to get away from troopers, and was speeding straight towards the crash site where Thyfault and Rushing were. Thyfault and Rushing were alerted that the Honda was headed towards them and tried to deploy stop sticks.

The vehicle barreled through the crash site and struck both men. Rushing was injured, while the young cadet was killed.

The suspect was taken into custody. He's been identified as Christopher Lee Gebers; the Longmont Police Department says Gebers has a lengthy criminal record.

Gebers says his emergency brake locked up and his accelerator was stuck.

Wednesday, a judge ordered Gebers to be held without bond until his preliminary hearing in July. This decision means the suspect will remain in jail until a judge decides whether or not there is enough evidence to try him.

On the day of the incident, State Patrol offices across the state tweeted out messages of solidarity.

" Our family has tragically lost Cadet Trooper Thyfault today. We mourn w/ his family. Plz keep them & us in ur prayers," CSP's Colorado Springs office wrote.

"To our brothers and sisters in blue throughout the state, our thoughts and prayers are with you," tweeted CSP Pueblo.