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Va. Trooper Struck, Killed Directing Traffic

October 08, 2012  | 

Photo courtesy of Virginia State Police.
Photo courtesy of Virginia State Police.

A Virginia State Police trooper was killed late Friday, when an SUV struck the trooper in an intersection in Hanover County.

At 9:53 p.m., Trooper Andrew D. Fox was directing traffic on Route 30 at Theme Park Way when he was struck by a 1992 Jeep Cherokee. He was working a special assignment at the State Fair of Virginia, according to an agency release.

The Jeep was travelling east when it struck the trooper, who was wearing his reflective traffic-safety vest. West and eastbound traffic had blinking yellow traffic lights in the intersection and the troopers were using their issued illuminated, baton flashlights to direct traffic through the intersection.

Troopers and several bystanders ran to the SUV and lifted it off the trooper. Two troopers provided first aid and administered CPR. Trooper Fox was transported to VCU Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

No one in the Jeep Cherokee was injured in the crash. The driver was an adult female from Doswell, Va. She had a juvenile passenger in the vehicle with her at the time of the crash. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Trooper Fox was "highly-regarded and respected by his peers and supervisors across the state as a superior trooper, mentor, field training officer and instructor," said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "He served the Commonwealth as a public safety professional with genuine valor and pride."

Tags: Virginia State Police, Duty Deaths


Comments (4)

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Doug M. @ 10/8/2012 2:33 PM

Alcohol not involved? Then what on earth happened here? It's sure consistent with a drunk's behavior.

MGC @ 10/9/2012 3:50 AM

Not all accidents involve alcohol. She was definitely not paying attention and a life was lost. RIP

Nichole @ 10/9/2012 4:21 AM

My guess, she didn't want to wait any longer and thought she could skate by the officer. Maybe he tried to stop her and she floored it and hit him.

I can't wait to hear more on this story. She's probably going to blame it on her kid being noisy or distracting her.

Dan @ 10/9/2012 6:40 AM

It would be interesting to see if the kid was in a safety seat or seat belt. Lay you odds, not. I believe Nichole is correct. She'll blame it on the kid, when it was her negligence that took a life. I would hope she remembers this for the rest of her life! RIP, Trooper Fox and prayers to your family, friends and co-workers.

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