October 8, 2012
The importance of motorists slowing down and paying attention when they see emergency lights flashing was highlighted last week when a 27-year-old trooper with the Virginia State Police was killed after being hit by a car while directing traffic. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the accident happened around 10:00 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Route 30 and Theme Park Way.
Reports say the trooper was directing traffic outside the state fair when a 1992 Jeep Cherokee SUV struck him. The vehicle came to rest on top of the victim, requiring witnesses and other Troopers to lift the SUV off the man and pull him to safety. They soon began CPR on the victim until rescue crews could arrive to rush him to the hospital, but they were unable to save him.
Investigators have just began to look into the incident and say charges may be filed against the driver at the conclusion of their examination into the events that led to the Virginia Car Accident.
Accidents like this sparked the creation of Virginia’s “Move Over” law, which requires motorists to move over a lane when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle to allow more room for crews to work.
The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley understand the feelings that come with suddenly losing a loved one in an accident and would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the victim.