Bond set at $500,000 for suspect in death of Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper

CLEVELAND - The man accused of hitting and killing an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on Interstate 90 was arraigned in Cleveland Saturday morning.

Trooper Kenneth Velez, 48, was standing in the berm along the westbound lanes of I-90 while conducting traffic enforcement outside his patrol car, the highway patrol said. A 2015 Hyundai swerved towards the berm to avoid hitting another vehicle and struck Velez shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday.

On Friday, Joshua J. Gaspar, 37, of Columbia Station, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide. According to Cleveland Municipal Court records, Gaspar was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. The documents did not say what specific drugs are suspected.

Bond was set at  $500,000. His next court date is Sept. 27.

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