Man accused of hitting, killing trooper pleads not guilty to new charges

CLEVELAND-- The man accused of hitting and killing an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was back in court Monday morning.

Joshua Gaspar, 37, was re-indicted on more charges earlier this month. He pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Gaspar was driving under the influence last September when he hit Trooper Kenneth Velez who was conducting a traffic stop on I-90 near Warren Road.

Gaspar originally faced two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of driving under the influence, but as the investigation continued, he was re-indicted on additional charges of driving with an invalid license. That elevates his previous felony charges.

Gaspar is under a court-supervised release which includes GPS monitoring and regular drug testing. He must also not drive.

He will be back in court on March 29.

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