The law enforcement community is in mourning after a Virginia State Trooper was killed on the job.
Just before 10:00 Friday night, Trooper Andrew Fox, of Tazewell, was hit by a SUV while directing traffic at the intersection of Kings Dominion Boulevard and Theme Park Way in Hanover County.
A night marred with red flares spills into a day of mourning for officers across Virginia. Trooper Fox was directing State Fair traffic in the middle of this intersection outside Kings Dominion.
The 27-year-old was wearing the appropriate protective gear along with other troopers working with him. Traffic lights were flashing yellow for each direction on Kings Dominion Boulevard.
Police say the driver was coming from the direction of I-95 down Kings Dominion Boulevard and went through the intersection of Theme Park Way where the trooper was directing traffic.
A 1992 Jeep Cherokee crashed into him. The Doswell mother and daughter inside the SUV were not hurt. Troopers and several others at the scene rushed over to help.
"They tried lifting the SUV off the trooper and also provided first aid," said Virginia State Police Spokesman, Sgt. Molnar.
Fox died of his injuries at the hospital. The Virginia Tech grad leaves behind his wife, parents, sister and step-brother. He had served as a trooper for five years.
"It's difficult to talk to somebody because we're all a family in this type of community," Sgt. Molnar added. "Anytime a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty, it's not only the nation that loses a law enforcement officer, but also the law enforcement family throughout the country."
Fox is the 58th trooper the Virginia State Police Department has lost in the line of duty.
"These are authority figures out here trying to help the community and something like this happens- it's always a tragedy," said Mark Nutter, who fills up on gas frequently near the intersection.
State Police say alcohol is not a factor in the accident. Police are now trying to determine if the woman was speeding. The speed limit on Kings Dominion Boulevard at that particular location is 35 MPH.
State Police must finish their investigation before determining what charges the driver could face.
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