Overpass named in honor of late state trooper from Suffolk

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – Virginia legislators, Prince George County officials, state and local law enforcement, came together Friday to dedicate the Route 301 bridge over Interstate 95 in memory of fallen Virginia State Police Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith.

Trooper Smith, 27, died on September 21, 2015 when his patrol car ran off the left side of the Interstate 295 exit ramp and crashed into the wood line in Prince George County. He was responding to an emergency call for help at a crash scene.

The Suffolk native joined the Virginia State Police Department in December 2013.

Pastor: Trooper died as he lived, serving others

Following graduation, Trooper Smith was assigned to the Richmond Division’s Area 7 Office, which encompasses the cities of Hopewell and Petersburg, and the counties of Dinwiddie, Nottoway and Prince George.

The Route 301 bridge in Prince George County at Exit 45 over Interstate 95 has been designated as the Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith Memorial Bridge through the efforts of Virginia Senator Rosalyn R. Dance, Virginia Delegate Lashrecse D. Aird and the Virginia State Police Association.