A US court has found a Kenyan guilty of manslaughter in the death of Massachusetts State Trooper, Thomas Clardy.
David Njuguna who works in the US as a driver crashed into Clardy’s parked cruiser in 2016 in Massachusetts state killing the latter who was still inside.
According to Boston Globe, prosecutors said Njuguna was speeding when he crashed into the back of the victim’s parked vehicle.
They further said marijuana was found in Njuguna’s car and tests confirmed presence of THC (the main psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives the high sensation) in blood samples taken from him about an hour after the crash.
Based on the submission adduced before the court , Lady Justice Janet Kenton-Walker said she was convinced the incident was intentional.
“This was not an accident. Njuguna’s conduct was intentional. His conduct was wanton and reckless,” noted Janet on Tuesday, November 12.
The accused maintained innocence claiming he had suffered seizure and had bought cannabis to treat insomnia and severe leg pain about one hour to the accident, but the judge said that was not enough reason for him to be reckless on the road.
“The fact that Njuguna consumed some marijuana prior to the crash does not prove that he was intoxicated or that his ability to operate was impaired,” she added.
Njuguna was however acquitted of driving under the influence of marijuana.
He will be sentenced on November 21.
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