A woman now charged with driving under the influence and maiming drove her Jeep into a Virginia State Police Sgt. V. Smith's cruiser parked in a work zone on the Gilmerton Bridge in Chesapeake, VA. The head-on collision occurred at around 1:30 am as the trooper was sitting in his car with his lights flashing to alert drivers to the repairs being done on the bridge that carries Route 13/Route 460 over the Elizabeth River.
A spokesperson told reporters the trooper's injuries were not life-threatening but did require hospital treatment.
The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers' Perspective
Drunk and drugged drivers are never safe. They present particular dangers after midnight and in work zones. Police officers already face enough threats to their lives and safety. They should expect to feel a least a little secure while pulled off the side of the highway with their flashers going. This head-on collision illustrates how no one can ever flout basic rules prohibiting driving drunk, slowing down through work zones and moving over when seeing a state trooper's cruiser on the shoulder.
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