RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Virginia State Police trooper helping a driver in New Kent was hit by a passing driver on Friday night.
Trooper M.D. Jester suffered minor injuries and is now receiving care at VCU Medical Center. He stopped to help a driver around 7:36 p.m. near mile marker 212 on Interstate 64 when a passing car ran into the back of his cruiser, according to State Police.
The storm is also being blamed for a crash which left one person dead in Chesapeake, according to State Police. The weather-related crash on Friday afternoon is the first and, so far, only traffic death attributed to the snowstorm. However, crashes in Augusta and Wythe counties left two victims with life-threatening injuries.
State Police officials say the number of crashes has risen to 989 from midnight to 10 p.m. The majority of those crashes were in the Chesapeake region, which includes the Hampton Roads, Tidewater, Eastern Shore, Williamsburg, Franklin and Emporia areas. In all, state police responded to 330 crashes in that region, followed by the Richmond region including Metro-Richmond, Northern Neck and Tri-Cities, with 290 crashes reported. Police is still telling drivers to avoid unnecessary travel, as cold overnight temperatures will make driving conditions more hazardous.
Police are still telling drivers to avoid unnecessary travel, as cold overnight temperatures will make driving conditions more hazardous.
State Police also provided these driving tips:
- Call 511 for road conditions, not 911 or #77
- Clear off all snow from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk and lights
- Add extra time to reach travel destination
- Slow speed for road conditions
- Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance
- Buckle up and don’t drive distracted
- MOVE OVER for all stopped emergency vehicles, highway vehicles and tow trucks.
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