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State trooper’s patrol car rear-ended on Fauquier highway

Tuesday, Jun. 17 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Trooper Brill stands with his patrol car, rear-ended by a motorist on I-66 last Friday. - Courtesy of Virginia State Police
A Virginia State trooper stationed in Warrenton narrowly avoided injury when a motorist's SUV slammed into his patrol car on Interstate 66 Friday.

The crash happened on Friday evening at 9:55 p.m. near the 33 mile marker of I-66, according to a release from Virginia State Police spokeswoman Deborah Cox.

Trooper M.D. Brill was assisting another trooper with a vehicle crash which had occurred in the left eastbound lane of I-66. Trooper Brill had his vehicle parked just west of the crash with his lights activated in order to warn approaching drivers of the crash site ahead and to move to the right lane. A GMC Yukon, traveling in the left lane, failed to slow down and was unable to merge into the right lane. The vehicle swerved and struck the left, rear of the patrol vehicle. The SUV came to rest in the median of I-66.

Trooper Brill, who was standing outside of his marked patrol vehicle, was not injured. The driver of the SUV, Jack R. Lawrence, 20, of Rockville, Md., was charged with reckless driving. He was not injured.

In 2014, June became designated as “Move Over Awareness Month,” following Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 102 during the Virginia General Assembly Session. Virginia’s Move Over law, established in 2002, requires drivers to either move over a lane or, when unable to, to cautiously pass all emergency personnel stopped on the side of a road. The law also applies to emergency response vehicles, highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.

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This is one of those ‘foolish’ laws that common sense should control.

I have and ‘always’ have moved over for anything on the shoulder and feel that when a law HAS to be passed to ensure people ‘move over’ it is a case of ‘Big Brother’.

I have laid many a ton of asphalt on local highways and Interstates and once you work on the small confines of an Interstate, you appreciate people slowing down when approaching.

By groc on 2014 06 19

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