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.
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