Alleged driver in crash that killed State Police trooper released from hospital

The alleged  driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a State Police trooper has been discharged from the hospital. 

David Njuguna, 30 of Webster, was discharged from UMass Medical Center on Thursday. 

He is scheduled to appear in Dudley District Court on April 27 for a show-cause hearing, at which point he may be charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stay within marked lanes and speeding. 

Massachusetts State Police trooper Thomas Clardy was killed on March 16 when a car struck his cruiser as he was processing a traffic stop on the Mass. Pike in Charlton.

Clardy served as a Marine for 10 years before joining the State Police in 2005. Friends said he loved his job and spending time with his wife and children.

Clardy was laid to rest last Tuesday after his funeral in Hudson. Clardy’s funeral was held at St. Michael’s Church, where his family was joined by hundreds of police officers from around the country. Gov. Charlie Baker also attended the funeral to pay his respects.

His son Tyler did a reading during the service and retired Sgt. Al Toney, who worked with Clardy, read notes the children wrote to their father during the eulogy. A statement was also read from Clardy’s wife, thanking first responders for trying their best to save her husband.

"When I walked inside, the family was just so appreciative we were able to … pay our respects," said Louisiana State Police Sgt. Kevin Curlee. 

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