- Associated Press - Thursday, July 27, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) - A prosecutor has told jurors in the trial of a driver accused of fatally hitting a state trooper along a Cleveland highway that the driver showed a “reckless disregard” of traffic laws.

An assistant prosecutor also told jurors in opening statements Wednesday that Joshua Gaspar, of Columbia Station, lied to get a driver’s license before the crash and took methadone shortly before driving. Trooper Kenneth Velez was killed Sept. 15.

Gaspar previously pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated vehicular homicide and causing an officer’s death while driving recklessly or under the influence of drugs.

Gaspar’s attorney told jurors Gaspar took methadone prescribed for an addiction to painkillers he developed after injuring his back and his license was valid. He said the drug didn’t affect Gaspar’s ability to drive.

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Information from: cleveland.com, https://www.cleveland.com


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