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Virginia Beach Hit-and-Run Leaves Police Officer Seriously Injured
According to WAVY-TV 10, the officer was responding to reports of shots fired at a nightclub and the at-fault driver made a left-hand turn into the side of the police cruiser. In addition to the DUI charge, the woman is charged with causing a hit-and-run accident.
The wreck is the second in less than a week that left a local police officer badly injured. On March 8, a vehicle collided with a police motorcycle on Granby Street in Norfolk, VA. The at-fault driver in that incident was later charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and possession of marijuana.
As a Virginia personal injury attorney with an office on the Virginia Beach-Norfolk border, I'm saddened by both these crashes. Police put their lives on the line every day in order to protect citizens, but they should expect to be safe from being crashed into by drivers impaired by drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately, law enforcement personnel are as much at risk from drunk and drugged drivers as anyone else on the road.
I wish both officers speedy and full recoveries.