CHARLTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A State Trooper who was killed in a tragic accident on the Mass. Pike in Charlton Wednesday is being remembered for his service Thursday morning.
Trooper Thomas Clardy was an 11-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police and also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was killed Wednesday when his cruiser was hit by another car during a traffic stop.
During his career, State Police said Trooper Clardy received three Superintendent’s Commendations for his outstanding work.
In 2010 and again in 2011, Trooper Clardy was among the troopers who received unit citations for their great work in preventing drug trafficking and OUI drivers, increasing highway safety. In 2015, Trooper Clardy was among other state police who was recognized for apprehending an armed kidnapper who had taken a 11-month old child and a woman hostage.
According to State Police Colonel Richard Mckeon, Trooper Clardy had stopped a car on the westbound side of the Mass Pike in Charlton Wednesday when a car speeding in the left lane swerved to the right, crossing all three lanes and hitting his cruiser in the rear.
Trooper Clardy was found in his cruiser with traumatic injuries. He was taken by ambulance to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, where he was pronounced dead.
He leaves behind a wife and six kids.
“Trooper clardy is survived by his wife Risa, today we pray for him, we pray for them,” Col. McKeon said.
The driver of the Maxima, 30-year-old David Njuguna of Webster was also taken to UMass Medical Center with serious injuries. State police said Thursday that Njuguna is still in the hospital being treated for his injuires. He is being criminally summoned with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failing to stay within marked lanes.
Njuguna is scheduled to be arraigned in Dudley District Court, though the date has not been set.
Funeral arrangements for Trooper Clardy are still being finalized, state police said.
Police across western Massachusetts and the state have used social media as one way to show their respect to the fallen trooper: