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State Trooper struck, killed while directing traffic near fair
UPDATE: Police have identified the trooper as Andrew D. Fox. He was assigned to Pulaski County in Southwest Virginia, but was working a special assignment at the State Fair of Virginia at the time of his death.
“Trooper Fox’s death is a tremendous loss to the Virginia State Police family,” Col. W. Steven Flaherty, state police superintendent, said in a written statement. “He’s highly regarded and respected by his peers and supervisors across the state as a superior trooper, mentor, field training officer and instructor. He served the Commonwealth as a public safety professional with genuine valor and pride. We keep his family in our prayers during this incredibly difficult time.”
A Virginia State Trooper was killed after he was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic near King’s Dominion and the State Fair of Virginia late Friday night.
According to State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar, the trooper was directing traffic at the intersection of state Route 30 and Theme Park Way in Hanover County, which is the entrance gate to King’s Dominion.
Around 10 p.m., the trooper was struck by a sports utility vehicle and suffered serious life threatening injuries, Molnar said.
He was transported by ambulance to VCU Medical Center in Richmond, where he later died.
His identification is being held pending notification of kin. Molnar said he was from outside the Richmond area.
There were two people in the the SUV at the time of the crash. Neither were injured, Molnar said.
The intersection is controlled by a traffic light. Both the east and west lanes of state Route 30 were flashing yellow lights to allow troopers to control and direct traffic at the intersection as traffic left the state fair and King’s Dominion, Molnar said.
He said the injured trooper was wearing his traffic safety vest at the time of the crash.
The Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting with the on-going crash investigation.
Molnar said State Police are in consultation with the Hanover County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office to determine if there will be any charges.