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State trooper, Marine vet killed in crash during traffic stop, driver charged

Massachusetts State Police trooper Thomas Clardy.

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

A Massachusetts State Police trooper who was injured in a car crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike has died.

Forty-four-year-old Thomas Clardy died Wednesday.

Police say Clardy 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.