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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Bail has been reduced for a man accused of driving under the influence of marijuana and causing a crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike that killed a state trooper.

Telegram & Gazette reports a Worcester judge reduced bail Tuesday from $500,000 to $250,000 cash for David Njuguna (juh-GOO’-nyuh). His lawyer had asked for $5,000 bail.

Njuguna has pleaded not guilty to charges including manslaughter in the March 2016 death of 44-year-old Trooper Thomas Clardy.

Authorities say Clardy had stopped a car for a traffic violation when his cruiser was hit by Njuguna’s vehicle in Charlton. They allege Njuguna had been driving at over 80 mph.

Prosecutors say Njuguna had bought marijuana at a medical marijuana dispensary before the crash, and was under the influence of the drug when it occurred.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.),