Driver Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter in Massachusetts Trooper's Death

Judge Janet Kenton-Walker has issued a guilty finding against David K. Njuguna, the driver of car that slammed into a state police vehicle on the Massachusetts Turnpike, killing Trooper Thomas L. Clardy.

David Njuguna enters the courtroom Tuesday afternoon.
David Njuguna enters the courtroom Tuesday afternoon.
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WORCESTER, Massachusetts -- Judge Janet Kenton-Walker has issued a guilty finding against David K. Njuguna, the driver of car that slammed into a state police vehicle on the Massachusetts Turnpike, killing Trooper Thomas L. Clardy of Hudson.

Kenton-Walker, who oversaw seven days of testimony in the jury-waived trial, issued her finding Tuesday afternoon.

She found Njuguna guilty of involuntary manslaughter and driving to endanger, among other charges.


Prosecutors argued that the 33-year-old Njuguna was driving while under the influence of marijuana on March 16, 2016, when his 2011 Nissan Maxima struck Clardy's cruiser from behind in the westbound breakdown lane of the turnpike. The 44-year-old trooper, a father of seven from Hudson, was conducting a motor vehicle stop at the time of the crash.

Njuguna's lawyer countered that Njuguna had a seizure in the moments before the crash.

However, Kenton-Walker ruled that it was unclear Njuguna's ability to drive was impaired by marijuana.

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