June 30, 2011
A 28-year-old Virginia state trooper died instantly on Friday when his cruiser struck another car at an intersection in King George County and then collided with a traffic light pole.
The trooper–a Warsaw resident–had been responding to a call for assistance around 6:45 p.m. and was traveling westbound on Route 3 with his lights and siren on when he entered the intersection of Route 3 and Madison Drive. At the same time an eastbound Hyundai Elantra on Route 3 was trying to make a left turn. The two vehicles collided, sending the patrol car into a light pole that split the vehicle in half. A portion of the car careened into a nearby parking lot where it hit three parked cars.
The Hyundai driver and passenger, aged 69 and 62, both suffered minor injuries and were taken to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg.
The Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction team is investigating the accident—trying to determine the speed at which both vehicles were traveling and who had the green light.
Do you think this Virginia auto accident could have been prevented?