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State Trooper Killed Directing State Fair Traffic

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A 27-year-old Virginia state trooper has died after he was hit by an SUV while on special assignment directing traffic for the State Fair of Virginia.

State police say Andrew W. Fox was run down late Friday on Route 30 in Hanover County. Fox was wearing a traffic safety vest when he was struck. No charges have been filed against the driver of the SUV but an investigation is continuing.

The state police superintendent, Col. W. Steven Flaherty, called Fox highly regarded and his death a "tremendous loss." He was the 58th state police officer killed in the line of duty in its 80-year history.

Fox was assigned to Pulaski County. He was Tazewell County native and served on the town of Tazewell force. He was a Virginia Tech graduate.

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FROM VIRGINIA STATE POLICE:

Trooper Fox graduated February 2007 from the Virginia State Police Academy as a member of the 111th Basic Session. Upon graduation from the Academy, Trooper Fox was first assigned to the Fairfax Division's Area 48 Office in Springfield.

The 27-year-old Tazewell County native was currently assigned to Pulaski County, which is part of the Wytheville Division's Area 24 Office.

A Virginia Tech graduate, Trooper Fox was a former Town of Tazewell Police Officer and member of the Draper Volunteer Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, parents, a sister, and a step-brother.

Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. Trooper Fox is the 58th line-of-duty death for the Virginia State Police in its 80 year history. The Department lost Trooper A.M. Bowen on June 24, 2011, following a traffic crash in King George County.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE FROM STATE POLICE:

A Virginia State Trooper from outside of the Richmond Metro-Area suffered serious life threatening injuries following a motor vehicle crash on Route 30 at Theme Park Way in Hanover County.

The trooper was directing traffic at the intersection when he was struck by a sports utility vehicle. The trooper was transported by ambulance to VCU Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.

There were two people inside the SUV at the time of the crash. Both were not injured.

The intersection is controlled by a traffic light. Both the east and west through lanes of Route 30 were flashing yellow to allow troopers to control and direct traffic at the intersection as traffic left the State Fair and Kings Dominion. 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. State Police are in consultation with the Hanover County Commonwealth's Attorney Office.
 

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