Joshua Gaspar found not guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide in death of trooper on I-90

Posted at 3:32 PM, Aug 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 17:36:27-04

The driver accused of hitting and killing Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Kenneth Velez on Interstate 90 in September 2016 was found not guilty Thursday of aggravated vehicular homicide.

The jury also found Joshua Gaspar not guilty of driving under the influence and one count of tampering with records. 

Gaspar was found guilty on one count of tampering with records as well as motor vehicle offenses, certain acts prohibited and falsification.

Gaspar was traveling westbound on I-90 when he hit and killed Trooper Velez, who was running radar in the berm.

Velez was a 27-year veteran of the force and left behind three children.

In closing arguments, Gaspar's defense team argued the Ohio State Highway Patrol exercised bias in conducting the investigation into the death of Trooper Velez. 

The prosecution said Gaspar was at a Methadone clinic near East 55th Street and Euclid Avenue 20 minutes before he crashed into Trooper Velez and argued that he "wasn't stabilized" at the time of the accident.