Trial Scheduled For Accused Killer Of State Trooper

Joshua Gaspar

(Cleveland) - Trial begins Monday for Joshua Gaspar, the Cleveland man who police and prosecutors say was driving too fast on I-90 when he struck and killed Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Kenneth Velez, who at the time, was running radar in the freeway's berm.

The crash happened in the summer of 2016..

Gaspar is charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Tampering with Records, and Falsification.

Prosecutors have said that Gaspar was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash, but Gaspar's defense attorney has found a doctor who can disprove that.

Gaspar has been free on bond since January, but was required to wear a GPS monitor, and to not leave Cuyahoga or Summit Counties.

Earlier this month, the stretch of I-90 from Warren Road to Hilliard Road was named in memory of Trooper Velez.  That same stretch was also named for Cleveland Police Patrolman David Fahey, who was killed in a crash in January while doing traffic control near where Trooper Velez died.

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