By MELINDA WILLIAMS
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.