A Hanover County woman has been charged with reckless driving in an accident that killed a state trooper from Southwest Virginia.
27-year-old Angelica Valencia of Doswell has been charged with reckless driving.
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She was driving a car that hit Trooper Andrew Fox on Oct. 5 while he was directing traffic for the Virginia State Fair. Fox was wearing a reflective traffic vest.
Investigators say Valencia was headed east on Route 30 through the intersection when her car hit Fox. Troopers and several bystanders ran to the SUV and lifted it off Fox. Two troopers and several bystanders lifted the SUV off Fox. He was taken to VCU Medical Center in Richmond where he died.
He was 27. Fox’s funeral was held in Pulaski, and he was buried in Grayson County.
Trooper Fox graduated from the State Police Academy in 2007. He worked out of Pulaski County.
Here is the news release from Virginia State Police:
A Hanover County woman has been charged in last month’s death of Virginia State Police Trooper Andrew D. Fox. At the direction of the Hanover County Commonwealth’s Attorney, state police Wednesday (Nov. 7) charged Angelica C. Valencia, 27, of Doswell, Va., with one count of reckless driving.
Valencia was driving the 1992 Jeep Cherokee that struck and killed Trooper Fox on the night of Oct. 5, 2012. Fox was directing traffic on Route 30 at Theme Park Way in Hanover County.
The Jeep was traveling east on Route 30 through the intersection when it struck Fox. Troopers and several bystanders ran to the SUV and lifted it off the trooper. Two troopers immediately began providing first aid and administering CPR.
Fox, 27, was transported to VCU Medical Center in Richmond, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Fox was wearing his reflective, traffic safety vest and was standing with other troopers directing traffic through the intersection. West and eastbound traffic had blinking yellow traffic lights in the intersection and the troopers were using their issued illuminated, baton flashlights to direct traffic through the intersection.
Neither Valencia nor her juvenile passenger was injured in the crash. The incident remains under investigation at this time.
Upon graduation from the State Police Academy in 2007, Trooper Fox was first assigned to the Fairfax Division's Area 48 Office in Springfield. In 2012, he transferred to the Wytheville Division’s Area 24 Office in Pulaski County.