Virginia trooper struck and killed by SUV

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Local,Crime,Ben Giles

A Virginia state trooper was killed Friday night while directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair in Hanover County.

Trooper Andrew D. Fox, 27, was struck by a Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling through an intersection at Route 30 and Theme Park Road while guiding traffic leaving the fair at about 9:53 p.m., according to authorities. Troopers and and bystanders had to help lift the SUV off Fox, and two troopers provided first aid at the scene.

Fox was transported to VCU Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities said the driver, a Doswell, Va. woman, was not injured in the crash, and that alcohol was not a factor. A juvenile passenger in the car with her was also uninjured.

Charges are pending while the Virginia State Police reconstructs the scene of the crash and authorities consult with the Hanover County Commonwealth's Attorney.

A Virginia Tech graduate, Fox graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in 2007 and was assigned to Pulaski County. He was working a special assignment at the state fair. Fox is the 58th officer to die in the line of duty for the Virginia State Police, according to authorities.

"Trooper Fox's death is a tremendous loss to the Virginia State Police family," said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "He served the Commonwealth as a public safety professional with genuine valor and pride. We keep his family in our prayers during this incredibly difficult time."

bgiles@washingtonexaminer.com

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