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Motorist Found Not Guilty in Vehicular Death of Ohio Trooper

August 11, 2017  | 

A jury found Joshua Gaspar not guilty on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of an Ohio state trooper Thursday afternoon.

Gaspar, 37, was behind the wheel on Interstate 90 last September when Trooper Kenneth Velez was struck and killed.

Trooper Kenneth Velez (Photo: Ohio State Highway Patrol)
Trooper Kenneth Velez (Photo: Ohio State Highway Patrol)

Gaspar faced 10 charges and was found not guilty of both the homicide charges relating to Velez's death as well as driving under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. A doctor who examined him the following day testified that Gaspar tested negative for all drugs of abuse. He had taken prescription methadone prior to the crash.

Gaspar was found guilty of four misdemeanor charges, including driving with a suspended license and tampering with records. He will remain in custody while he awaits sentencing on Sept. 8.

A portion of I-90 was recently renamed in Velez's honor, WKYC TV reports.


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kevcopaz @ 8/12/2017 8:24 AM

Assuming there was good evidence (GCI/Blood etc) and some speed or recklessness, I cant understand why he would skate like this. Perhaps the Ohio laws are different then other states. I assume if no evidence of the impairment or excessive speed(reckless) then its just considered an "accident" (collision) to most "regular folks". Sad situation.

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