Ohio Highway Patrol trooper struck, killed near Cleveland

Kenneth Velez, 48, was struck just before 1 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 90 in Lakewood

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CLEVELAND (AP) – An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper has been struck and killed on an interstate near Cleveland.

The trooper has been identified as 48-year-old Kenneth Velez. The Highway Patrol says Velez was standing outside his patrol car “conducting traffic enforcement” when he was struck just before 1 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 90 in Lakewood.

The Highway Patrol hasn’t released any details about how Velez was killed.

Velez had been a trooper since November 1989. A statement says he’s survived by three children.

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