Norfolk Car Injury Lawyer Report – Deputy is Killed in Charles City, VA Crash
A deputy with the Charles City County, VA Sheriff’s Office has been killed in a single vehicle crash as he drove to help a fellow law enforcement officer make a traffic stop.
Deputy Michael C. Walizer, of Charles City, was driving a Ford police cruiser on March, 31, 2012, when it ran off the side of Route 5, went back onto the road and veered off to the left, striking a tree, the Daily Press reported.
As Norfolk, VA car accident injury attorneys we regularly report on law enforcement officers who are hurt or killed doing their jobs. Our thoughts are with Mr. Walizer’s family.
While no other vehicle was involved in this crash, we see instances in which irresponsible and careless driving leads to accidents involving law enforcement officers.
Recently we reported on how a Virginia Beach police officer was seriously injured by a driver who was later charged with a DUI.
And Virginia State Trooper Adam M. Bowen from Warsaw, VA., was killed when his cruiser was hit by another car in King George County, Virginia.
Virginia has a “move over law.” This means drivers are legally required to move into the next lane or, if that’s not possible, to slow down by 20 miles per hour when passing an emergency vehicle.
Violators face a fine of $2500 under this law that was recently extended to vehicles with yellow lights such as tow trucks.