Man charged with killing Ohio trooper on Cleveland freeway

(Cleveland Police)
(Cleveland Police)

CLEVELAND (AP) – Authorities say a man was driving under the influence of drugs when he struck and killed a veteran Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper along a Cleveland interstate.

The Highway Patrol on Friday said 37-year-old Joshua Gaspar, of Columbia Station, has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide. He’s being held in a Cleveland jail after his arrested Thursday at the scene.

Forty-eight-year-old Trooper Kenneth Velez was struck Thursday on Interstate 90. The Highway Patrol issued a statement Friday that says Velez was standing inside the interstate’s berm conducting traffic enforcement when Gaspar swerved to avoid another vehicle and hit Velez.

A court hearing for Gaspar is scheduled for Saturday. Records don’t indicate if he has an attorney. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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