Boston, MA - Reisa Clardy, the widow of fallen Hero Massachusetts State Trooper Thomas Clardy is suing the driver who crashed into the Trooper's vehicle. Trooper Clardy died as a result of that crash and now his widow is seeking $20 million in damages.
According to news sources, Reisa Clardy filed the civil lawsuit for wrongful death against David Njuguna on Friday in Middlesex Superior Court. Trooper Thomas Clardy, who was 44-years-old, was sitting in his patrol vehicle on the Massachusetts Turnpike on March 16, 2016, completing a citation during a traffic stop. A 2011 Nissan Maxima driven by Njunguna traveling at a speed of more than 80 miles per hour crashed into the rear of Trooper Thomas Clardy's vehicle without braking.
Njuguna, age 30, was charged with Manslaughter, Motor Vehicle Homicide While Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana and other charges. His case is pending in Worcester Superior Court. Njuguna is not a citizen of the U.S. but is in the country legally. His blood was tested and results revealed he had "an active THC level" at the time of the crash. According to the Prosecutor, Njuguna had purchased medical marijuana from a dispensary about an hour before the crash.
Reisa Clardy's complaint "alleges negligence, two counts of wrongful death and conscious pain and suffering, and seeks damages, interests, costs and attorney fees." The complaint also stated "As a direct and proximate result of the negligence of the defendant, David Njuguna, the plaintiff's decedent, Thomas L. Clardy, was greatly injured, suffered conscious pain and suffering of body and mind, and died as a result of said injuries."
At a hearing last week, a Judge denied motions to dismiss some of the pending criminal charges stating that there was more than enough probable cause. Njuguna's bond was set at $500,000 when he was charged. Richard Rafferty, the attorney for Reisa Clardy, said "...this is a situation that could have been avoided." The attorney also said that they plan on investigating how Njuguna obtained his prescription for medical marijuana, how much marijuana Njuguna's doctor issued on that day, and what criteria the doctor was using to prescribe medical marijuana for Njuguna. .
Fallen Hero Massachusetts State Trooper Thomas Clardy was survived by his wife Reisa and seven children: Timothy, Tyler, Gabryella, Lily, Emma, Eva and Noah.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the fallen Hero Trooper's wife and children. We pray that justice prevails both civilly and criminally in this case.
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