Man charged with hitting, killing State Trooper back in court

WORCESTER (WHDH) - The man charged with hitting and killing a state trooper earlier this year was back in court on Monday.

David Njuguna, 30, faces serious charges, including manslaughter.

He has been in custody for the past 9 months after he was charged with ramming into the back of Trooper Thomas Clardy’s cruiser on the Mass. Pike in Charlton.

Njuguna was back before a judge on Monday. He is hoping to have several charges, including operating under the influence of Marijuana, dropped as his case heads to trial.

Prosecutors say he was high on pot and speeding when he plowed into the back of the trooper’s cruiser in March.

Njuguna crossed three lanes of traffic on the Mass Pike and hit the trooper.

Trooper Clardy had another vehicle pulled over in the breakdown lane at the time.

Njuguna is due back in court early next year.

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