Trooper Velez’s accused killer free on bond

Staff Report


The Columbia Station man accused of being high when running down and killing Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Kenneth Velez has been freed.

Joshua Gaspar, 37, posted $500,000 bond on Friday and was released from the Cuyahoga County Jail.

He is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Velez was killed Sept. 15 on Interstate 90 in Lakewood.

The longtime trooper was the father of three, including current Amherst Steele High School sophomore Christian Velez. His other two children are Steele alumni.

Gaspar faces trial at 10 a.m. on March 1 in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, though the case could be pushed back.

In the meantime, the court has ordered that he cannot drive, is restricted to Cuyahoga and Summit counties, must undergo regular drug testing, cannot get a passport, and has to wear a GPS monitor.

This is not Gaspar’s first bout with the law.

He was convicted of theft and aggravated theft in 2009 and drug possession charges the prior year. At the time of Velez’s death, Gaspar was also was on probation for a drug conviction in Alabama.


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