Trooper Andrew David Fox
Virginia State Police, Virginia
End of Watch: Friday, October 5, 2012
Tour of Duty: 5 years 7 months
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: October 5, 2012
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Info: Under investigation
Agency Contact Information
Colonel W. Steven Flaherty
Virginia State Police
7700 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235
Phone: (804) 674-2843
Trooper Andrew Fox was struck and killed by a vehicle at the intersection of Route 30 and Theme Park Way, in Hanover County, at approximately 9:50 pm.
He was wearing a reflective vest while directing traffic that was leaving the Virginia State Fair and Kings Dominion theme park when he was struck by an SUV. He was transported to VCU Medical Center in Richmond where he succumbed to his injuries.
Trooper Fox had served with the Virginia State Police for five years. He is survived by his wife.
HANOVER Co., Va (WAVY) – A Virginia State Trooper died Friday night after being struck by an SUV while directing traffic in Hanover County.
According to a press release from Virginia State Police Public Relations Director, Corinne Geller, at 9:53 p.m. Friday, Trooper Andrew D. Fox was directing traffic at the intersection of Route 30 and Theme Park Way outside of Kings Dominion in Hanover County when he was struck by a 1992 Jeep Cherokee.
The intersection is usually controlled by a traffic light, but both the east and west bound lanes of Route 30 were flashing yellow to allow troopers to direct traffic coming from the State Fair and King Dominion. The Cherokee was traveling east on Route 30 when it struck Trooper Fox.
After the accident, bystanders and troopers raced over to the SUV and lifted it off Trooper Fox. Two troopers provided first aid and administered CPR. Trooper Fox was transported by ambulance to VCU Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.
The Jeep Cherokee was driven by an adult female from Doswell, VA who had a juvenile female passenger in the SUV with her. Neither the driver or the passenger were injured in the crash. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash and charges are pending consultation with the Hanover County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.
Trooper Fox was wearing his reflective, traffic safety vest and was standing with other troopers directing traffic when he was struck.
The VSP Accident Reconstruction team is assisting with the crash investigation.
In a statement, Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent said, "Trooper Fox’s death is a tremendous loss to the Virginia State Police family. He’s highly-regarded and respected by his peers and supervisors across the state as a superior trooper, mentor, field training office and instructor. He served the Commonwealth as a public safety professional with genuine valor and pride. We keep his family in our prayers during this incredible difficult time."
Virginia State Police released the following biographical information about Trooper Andrew D. Fox:
Trooper Fox graduated Feburary 2007 from the Virginia State Police Academy as a member of the 111th Basic Session. Upon graduation from the Academy, Trooper Fox was first assigned to the Fairfax Division’s Area 48 Office in Springfield. The 27-year-old Tazewell County native was currently assigned to Pulaski County, which is part of the Wytheville Division’s Area 24 Office. A Virginia Tech graduate, Trooper Fox was a former Town of Tazewell Police Officer and member of the Draper Volunteer Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, parents, a sister, and a step-brother. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.