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Sister of state trooper killed by reckless driver fights for 'Andrew's Law'

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The sister of a state trooper killed in the line of duty wants to keep her brother's memory alive and is asking for your help.

Trooper Andrew Fox was killed in 2012 while directing traffic near the State Fair at Kings Dominion. His family feels the driver should have faced stiffer penalties.

"It's something that nobody should have to go through," said Lauren Fox, Andrew's sister.

Andrew Fox was known as a man dedicated to his job and his family. His life was cut short on October 5, 2012, while he was directing traffic near the State Fair. He was struck and killed by a woman in an SUV. The driver was charged with reckless driving but saw no jail time.

"When she went to trial, she received a $1,000 fine and a 12-month suspended sentence," said Lauren. "We're told that nothing else could be done because there was no law on the books for reckless driving."

Lauren says it is her mission to change that. Since her brother's death, she has worked with lawmakers on a bill being called "Andrew's Law."

"I think it's really important, because it's a reminder for drivers that when they get behind the wheel of a car, they are responsible for everyone around them - especially when they get to the scene of a crime or the scene of an accident where an officer is standing in the road, directing traffic to help them travel through safely. They need to slow down," said Lauren.

The law would make reckless driving a felony.

"This is not for accidents. This is not for things that can't be controlled, like vehicle malfunction or snow and ice, when it's out of your control. This isn't going to punish people who had an accident when it's out of your control," said Lauren.

She say's there have been challenges with the bill.

"Some senators are saying there are already laws that would cover reckless driving and this type of incident, but if there had been a law, it would have been applied in the case of my brother."

The bill goes before a senate committee on Monday and Lauren Fox says it needs all the support it can get.

"Whoever is in attendance will stand, and we need people to literally stand up for this bill and all that it represents to the people who put their lives on the line for all of us everyday."

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