State Trooper Killed in Mass Pike Crash Remembered

This image provided by the Massachusetts State Police shows Thomas Clardy. Authorities announced Wednesday, March 16, 2016, that Clardy, a Massachusetts State Police trooper was injured in a car crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike, has died. (Massachusetts State Police via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

State Police Trooper Thomas Clardy. (Massachusetts State Police via AP)

CHARLTON, Mass. (AP) — Friends, family and colleagues in law enforcement are remembering a Massachusetts State Police trooper who died in a car crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike Wednesday.

Police say Thomas Clardy, 44, had stopped a car for a traffic violation when his cruiser was hit by another vehicle around noon in Charlton.

Clardy was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say 30-year-old David Njuguna, of Webster, is charged by criminal summons with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation. Njuguna was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Clardy joined the state police in 2005. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

He leaves behind a wife and six children.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement he was saddened to learn of Clardy’s death.

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