Bond lowered for man accused of hitting, killing Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper

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CLEVELAND– Bond for the man accused of hitting an Ohio State Highway Patrol along Interstate 90 in Cleveland has been reduced.

Joshua Gaspar, 37, of Columbia Station, faces two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of driving while under the influence.

Trooper Kenneth Velez was outside of his cruiser doing traffic enforcement on I-90 near Warren Road on Sept. 15. Police said that’s when Gaspar hit and killed him.

Bond for Gaspar was originally set at $1 million. He has a history of speeding violations and drug convictions in Ohio and Alabama, prosecutors said.

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas officials said the suspect’s attorney requested a lower bond and it was granted. It now stands at $500,000.

The judge continued the no driving order and Gaspar will be on court-supervised release.

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