CHARLTON, MASS. (WHDH) - A bridge that runs over the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton was dedicated Friday in honor of fallen Trooper Thomas Clardy.
Exactly two years ago, on March 16, 2016, Clardy was struck and killed by a car that swerved into his cruiser on Interstate 90.
Investigators believe David Njuguna was under the influence of marijuana when he rear-ended Clardy, who was conducting a traffic stop.
Gov. Charlie Baker was on hand for the ceremony, along with several troopers, Clardy’s wife and six children.
“He was taken way too soon in a tragic accident while in the line of duty,” Baker said.
During the ceremony, Trooper Clardy was remembered for his kindness and professionalism. A memorial stone was unveiled, in addition to the bridge dedication.
“If I had five more minutes with Tom Clardy, I would tell him how much I respected him and admired him,” Lt. Michael Smith said.
Clardy was an 11-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police and a Marine Corps veteran.
“May he rest in peace and we never forget him,” Baker said.
Clardy’s wife has filed a wrongful death suit.
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