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BREAKING NEWS: Dublin trooper killed in Hanover

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Virginia State Trooper Andrew Fox, who has been assigned to the Dublin office since May, was killed Friday in Hanover County.

Fox was helping direct traffic leaving the State Fair and Kings Dominion when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle, according to State Police.

“We are absolutely devastated,” said First Sgt. Mike Honaker. “Andrew was one of those guys where, every week, somebody would” call the Dublin office to complement him. He said people whom Fox had even ticketed would call and express gratitude for his friendliness and professionalism.

“He was the nicest, most hardworking, courageous guys I’ve ever met. We are sure going to miss him,” added Honaker, who had flown to Richmond overnight after learning of his colleague’s death.

According to State Police, Fox was wearing his traffic safety vest while directing traffic at the intersection of Route 30 and Theme Park Way. Although the intersection is controlled by traffic lights, both the eastbound and westbound lanes were flashing yellow to allow troopers to control and direct traffic leaving the State Fair and Kings Dominion.

After being struck, Fox was transported to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, where he later died. Two people inside the vehicle that hit him were not injured, according to State Police.

The Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting with the on-going crash investigation. State Police say they are in consultation with the Hanover County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office.

A native of Tazewell County, Fox came to Pulaski County in May after requesting a transfer from the Springfield area. He had been working for State Police five years.

Honaker said Fox often assisted at Pulaski County High School football games because he wanted to be a part of and help the community.

Fox and his wife, Virginia, lived in Pulaski County. They did not have any children, but had purchased property to build a home, according to Honaker. He said Virginia is a nutritionist at LewisGale Hospital-Pulaski.

No funeral arrangements have been made.

 

7 Responses to BREAKING NEWS: Dublin trooper killed in Hanover

  1. B.Moore

    October 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

    RIP my VSP brother…… May the good Lord surround your family with a multitude of angels.

  2. Va Girl

    October 8, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Very, sad news. Wish there was something I could post that really made a difference, but what can anyone say at a time like this?

    We must support and appreciate our men and women in uniform as they are the best of what America has to offer.

  3. gregory worrell

    October 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I always imagined what it would be like standing on a freeway writing tickets while cars whizzed past your buttocks at 65 MPH.then crossing every “T” dotting every “I”while the driver despises him or her.COURAGE!! no greater love than a man lay down his life….

  4. sandy arnold

    October 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Deepest condolences. I cannot know what you are feeling, but I pray GOD’s love help you to deal with this tragedy. I know your family will be there…they are the greatest!

  5. Tweeter

    October 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Salute to a wonderful officer of Pulaski County. God be with his wife and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  6. BRENDA COCHRAN

    October 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    My sympathy. I only met him once at a local resturant but seemed like a really nice guy. My husband knew him from his days with VDOT and said he was a “great guy”. I am sure the community as well as family and others will miss him. My heart goes out to the family.

  7. danny flinchum

    October 12, 2012 at 1:31 am

    may he reat in peace in the lord jesus christ, he is no longer in pain. and i hope justice is done for his loss. rip