HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – Henrico Police are mourning the loss of one of their own tonight. Officer Thomas Berry Junior was killed in a car crash Tuesday afternoon.
It happened just after 2:30 on the 2200 block of John Rolfe Parkway, that's near Ridgefield Parkway. The victim's sister told NBC12 the family is still in shock tonight. His death was so sudden they're just now trying to come to terms with their loss.
The intersection at John Rolfe Parkway and Ridgefield Parkway is calm tonight after a fatal accident that took the life of Officer Berry.
"He was a good cop," said Berry's sister Darnesha. "He told me if I ever was speeding he would give me a ticket. He was a stickler. He was an amazing cop."
Darnesha spoke to us by phone today only a few hours after learning of her brother's tragic death. Police tell us that an SUV was leaving the John Rolfe Commons Shopping Center. Officer Barry was on his motorcycle traveling down this road when he hit that SUV. He was taken to VCU Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.
"He was amazing," said Darnesha. "He would have given you the shirt off his back. He was caring. He loved his four beautiful children and his wife."
The 35-year-old was an eight year veteran with the Henrico Police Department and was off duty at the time of the accident. Darnesha described what she'll miss about her brother the most.
"Everything! I can't pick one thing. I'm gonna miss everything," she said.
And while the accident is still under investigation Berry's sister had this message for him.
"I love you," she said. "I miss you and I'll see you again real soon."
We've also received many kind words about Officer Berry on our Facebook page. He was only 34 years old and had just gotten married last September. He leaves behind a wife and children. There's no word right now if any charges will be filed in the crash.