A Henrico police officer is recovering after being hit by a car while responding to a call on Derbyshire Road between Gaskins and Parham roads.
Orange paint is a haunting reminder for neighbors living in this West End community, marking the spot where an officer was struck by a car in the line of duty.
"It's a devastating, horrible, horrible incident," said one neighbor who doesn't want to be identified. She says she heard the officer get hit, which is a memory she'll never forget.
"A big thud. A very big thud," noted the neighbor. "Somebody was hurt. You could hear the crying, the moaning."
Henrico Police say a car hit the uniformed officer while he was crossing Derbyshire Road near North Mooreland Road around 11:00 p.m. Saturday, while he was responding to a noise complaint from a party.
"Eight cars in that front yard and these people continued to party with somebody lying in the middle of the road," said the neighbor.
With the exception of this street light, neighbors say it's very dark on this part of the road and the rain made visibility even worse.
Police say Henrico Fire and Rescue crews rushed the 12-year veteran to the hospital. Even though police say the driver didn't appear to be speeding or drinking, neighbors say many drivers rarely obey the 35 MPH speed limit.
"The speed on Derbyshire is uncontrollable," neighbors added. "The county does not seem to want to do anything. They put up a traffic light and it has not changed."
The officer was seriously injured, but officers say he should make a full recovery.
"I'm glad to know, but you know what he's go to live with; the memories and what happened," said a neighbor.
Police are still investigating the wreck but so far no charges have been filed.
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