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03-17-2016, 06:58 AM

Driver in crash that killed Trooper Thomas Clardy on Mass Pike facing criminal charges


updated March 16, 2016 at 6:51 PM

CHARLTON The driver who slammed into Trooper Thomas Clardy's cruiser, causing the traumatic injuries that eventually claimed his life, is now facing criminal charges.

The crash occurred around noon when a man driving a Nissan Maxima hit Clardy's stopped cruiser.

"Witnesses indicate it was travelling at a high level of speed. It suddenly swerved to the right across all three travel lanes and struck the rear of cruiser with the trooper inside," said Col. Richard McKeon.

Clardy had pulled over a Chevy Tahoe for a traffic violation and returned to his cruiser to process the stop. When his cruiser was struck, it hit the rear end of the Tahoe, pushing both vehicles off to the grassy side of the highway.

Responding state troopers found Clardy in his cruiser, a Ford Explorer model, suffering from "traumatic injuries," McKeon said.

Troopers performed CPR on Clardy before he was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester via ambulance. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The driver of the Maxima, identified as 30-year-old David Njuguna of Webster, was taken via medical helicopter to UMass with serious injuries, McKeon said.


Kenyan Man Crashes into a Police Cruiser on Massachusetts Turnpike, Trooper Killed

A vehicle being driven by a Kenyan man on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Chalton, MA today around noon struck a Massachusetts State Police cruiser and killed the State Trooper.

03-18-2016, 08:09 AM

David Njuguna (Facebook photo)


License suspended for driver in crash that killed State Police trooper
Posted: Mar 17, 2016 9:01 AM PST
Updated: Mar 17, 2016 8:28 PM PST


The license of the driver in a crash that killed a Massachusetts State Trooper on Wednesday has been suspended and revoked.

Trooper Thomas Clardy, 44, was struck by a car while he was conducting a traffic stop in the breakdown lane.

At a news conference at the State Police barracks on Wednesday, officials said Clardy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.

Officials said Clardy walked up to the car to get information, and then returned to his vehicle to process the stop.

A Nissan Maxima was traveling in the left lane at what witnesses said appeared to be a high rate of speed. For unknown reasons, the car veered across three lanes and, without slowing, struck the trooper's cruiser while the trooper was inside.

Officials said responding troopers found Clardy inside the car with traumatic injuries and administered medical assistance.

Clardy was transported to UMass Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the Maxima, David Njuguna, 30 of Webster, was taken via medical helicopter to the hospital with serious injuries.

He is charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stay in marked lanes.

Njuguna's license was suspended and revoked on Thursday because Police believe he poses an "immediate threat."

He was served with a criminal summons Wednesday night.

He remains in the hospital.

An investigation into the deadly crash is ongoing. Sources tell 7News that officers are focusing on Njuguna's phone to determine whether he was texting during the incident.

Records show police cited the driver twice in the past two years. In 2013, his licenses was suspended for 180 days after he refused to take a breathalyzer.