CLEVELAND - An Ohio Highway Patrol trooper was killed after he was struck outside of his patrol car on Interstate 90 today.
Trooper Kenneth Velez, 48, was conducting traffic enforcement around 12:52 p.m. when he was hit, according to a news release from the patrol. The crash, which occurred near mile post 164, caused traffic backups on I-90.
The release said Velez, who graduated from a patrol training class in 1989 and was assigned to the Cleveland post, is survived by three children.
He had previously worked at the Elyria and Medina posts of the patrol, according to The Chronicle-Telegram's archives. Court records show he lived in Lorain.
"This is a tragedy for the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety," Col. Paul Pride, the patrol's superintendent, said in a statement. "Our prayers go out to the Velez family during this difficult time."
Read Friday's Chronicle for more on this story.
- Trooper Velez returns home
- Amherst community honors Velez at game
- $500K bond set in trooper's death
- Flags ordered lowered for trooper killed on duty
- Procession route for fallen trooper finalized
- Visitors from state, country pay respects to fallen trooper
- Memorial tree planted for trooper killed in line of duty
- Section of Interstate 90 to be dedicated in honor of Velez