Bond set for driver in Cleveland officer’s hit-and-run death

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has set a $500,000 bond for the driver accused in the fatal hit-and-run of a Cleveland patrolman on an interstate.

Forty-four-year-old Israel Alvarez, of Lorain, kept his hands clasped in front of his face throughout his court appearance Thursday in Cleveland Municipal Court on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and failing to stop after a fatal accident.

Alvarez didn’t enter a plea. He is expected to be assigned an attorney at a hearing next week.

He’s charged in the hit-and-run death Tuesday of 39-year-old Patrolman David Fahey, who was struck while setting down flares to close lanes on Interstate 90 after an earlier fatal accident.

A public defender said Alvarez has five children, including a 10-day-old, and has worked as a construction laborer the last five years.