By MELINDA WILLIAMS
HANOVER COUNTY – A Doswell woman who struck Dublin State Trooper Andrew Fox as he was directing traffic in Hanover County in October was convicted Thursday of reckless driving.
According to Virginia Judicial System records, Angelica Christine Valencia, 27, of Doswell pleaded nolo contendere, or no contest, to the misdemeanor charge of reckless driving in Hanover County General District Court. A no contest plea means the defendant is not pleading guilty, but is acknowledging there is sufficient evidence for a finding of guilt if the case went to trial.
Valencia received a 12-month suspended jail sentence and $1,000 fine. The maximum sentence for a Class 1 misdemeanor is 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Fox, who was assigned to the Dublin field office of Virginia State Police, was on special assignment, directing traffic leaving the State Fair at the intersection of Route 30 and Theme Park Way in Hanover County when Valencia’s 1992 Jeep Cherokee struck him Oct. 5. He was wearing a reflective, traffic safety vest and using an illuminated baton flashlight while standing with other troopers directing traffic.
According to State Police, troopers and several bystanders ran to the SUV, lifted the vehicle off Fox and immediately began performing first aid and CPR when Fox was struck. He was transported to VCU Medical Center in Richmond, where he died.