CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Caroline County sheriff’s deputy is recovering in the hospital after getting hit by a car while directing traffic.
Authorities say Caroline County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Hall was directing traffic inside a school zone near Caroline High School Monday morning when a car hit him. Hall was taken by helicopter to VCU Medical Center with serious injuries, but he’s expected to be ok. David Ferguson says he was taking his kids to their bus stop when he saw ambulances and police cars fly by.
“When I got my kids to the bus stop right down this lane here, I saw the helicopter coming over, circle over, I saw him land, the bus driver was picking my kids up. I asked him what was going on, and he said that an officer had been struck by a car,” said resident David Ferguson.
The driver of the car, 86-year-old Herbert Hines was not injured but was charged with reckless driving. Some students and staff witnessed the accident. The school system released a statement saying in part,
“Counselors and other staff have been available to any students or staff members who witnessed the incident. Our thoughts are with the officer and his family, and we hope that the officer will make a full and speedy recovery.”
“The police be out here like every morning and every evening, trying to get the kids and stuff safe,” said Theresa Turner.
Turner is a caretaker at the home across the street from the high school. She says deputies are out here on a regular basis directing traffic. She said she couldn’t believe it when she heard a deputy had been struck.
“I was like hope he didn’t get killed or anything, I hope he’s doing ok.”
“To hear that he was struck, yeah that’s kind of shocking,” said Ferguson.
Virginia state police are currently investigating the crash at the request of the Caroline County Sheriff’s Department. They say Hall was wearing a reflective vest, equipped with LED lights and a traffic baton.
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