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Driver charged in trooper's death on I-90


The driver who allegedly struck and killed an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper on Thursday has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

The man, identified as 37-year-old Joshua Gaspar of Columbia Station, was driving a black 2015 Hyundai when he swerved toward the berm on Interstate 90 to avoid another vehicle, according to a news release from the patrol.

His car hit Trooper Kenneth Velez, who was standing inside the berm while conducting traffic enforcement, according to the patrol.

Gaspar was taken into custody following the crash, which took place around 12:45 p.m., the news release said. He is due to appear in Cleveland Municipal Court on Saturday morning.

Velez, who lived in Lorain, is survived by his three children. His body was returned to Lorain County today surrounded by a long processional of law enforcement.

Troopers will also serve as the honor guard at the football game tonight at Amherst’s Marion L. Steele High School, where Velez’s youngest son is a sophomore football player. Students and others attending the game tonight plan to wear blue to support the family.

Read Saturday’s Chronicle for more on this story.

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