The Ohio State Highway Patrol is mourning the loss of a trooper who was killed after being hit while conducting traffic enforcement.
Now the driver in that crash has been arrested and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.
37-year-old Joshua Gaspar of Columbia Station, Ohio, is in custody for the death of Trooper Kenneth Velez.
It points out the vital importance of Ohio‘s Move Over Law.
The Highway Patrol is wearing black bands over their badges Friday. Flags are flying at half staff.
Sgt. Joe Weaver of the St. Clairsville patrol post says the Move Over Law is routinely ignored.
He says when drivers see flashing lights on the side of the road, they are to move away from the berm into another lane.
But he says every week, another trooper or a cruiser gets hit by a passing car.
In Trooper Velez’s case, it was fatal.
“He was working traffic on I-90 in the median with a laser checking speed on cars and he attempted to flag a car over for a speed violation and the driver lost control and struck him,” said Sgt. Weaver.
Sgt. Weaver says it can be any kind of emergency vehicle off the road.
It doesn’t have to be a state patrol cruiser or an ambulance.
If you see a vehicle with flashing lights along the berm means you must slow down and move away into the next lane.
And he says if there’s traffic there and you can’t change lanes, at least slow down.