NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Maryland man has been charged in a crash that injured a Virginia State Police trooper overnight in Newport News.
Virginia State Police say the accident happened just after midnight Thursday. Trooper I.K. Ibrahim had pulled over a Kia for speeding on the westbound side of I-64, near Jefferson Avenue.
During the traffic stop, state police say a tractor-trailer carrying 1,000 pounds of U.S. mail ran off the right side of the road and sideswiped both Ibrahim’s car and the Kia.
The driver of the Kia, an 18-year-old woman from Williamsburg, was not injured in the crash, but a 17-year-old passenger suffered a minor injury.
State police say Ibrahim was sitting in his patrol car with the emergency lights activated when the crash happened. He was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center and treated for minor injuries.
Virginia State Police Lieutenant Curtis Hardison says this is a common problem.
“These troopers that are out there, male or female, that is someone’s son, that is someone’s father, that’s someone’s grandfather and they have their own children and we are asking them to pass safely as they proceed past our cars on the shoulder of the road,” said Lt. Haridson. “Trooper Ibrahim is a four-year trooper and he puts his life out there on the line everyday.”
Police want to remind drivers of the state’s Move Over Law, which requires drivers to yield the right-of-way or reduce speed when approaching stationary emergency vehicles on highways — to include amber, blue and red flashing lights.
“If you don’t follow the law when you see the police officer, we do pull you over and issue a summons for the law itself,” said Lt. Hardison.
In 2015, 10 law enforcement officers were hit and killed by a vehicle. In the last decade, 128 law enforcement officers nationwide have been struck and killed by a vehicle while on duty.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, 65-year-old Lester A. Diggs, of Waldorf, Maryland, was not hurt and was charged with reckless driving. State police say fatigue was a factor in the crash.