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Trooper injured after car rear-ends cruiser; Hampton man charged with reckless driving

A trooper sustained minor injuries after his car was rear-ended Monday night. (Courtesy photo/VSP)
A trooper sustained minor injuries after his car was rear-ended Monday night. (Courtesy photo/VSP)

A Virginia State trooper sustained minor injuries after his vehicle was struck from behind while he was investigating a traffic accident on Interstate 64.

The man who allegedly hit the trooper’s vehicle has been charged with reckless driving, according to a Virginia State Police news release.

Around 8:15 p.m. Monday, Trooper B. L. Rogers Jr. was investigating an accident near mile marker 242 on I-64 east when his patrol car was hit from behind, the release said.

Rogers’ vehicle was in the right lane while he worked the accident, which occurred in the construction zone.

The patrol car’s emergency lights were also activated and there were cones closing off the right lane to traffic.

As traffic slowed down to merge into the left lane to pass the accident, a 2001 Toyota Avalon, driven by Deandre Lamont Gillis, of Hampton, slammed on its breaks to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of it.

Gillis lost control, the release said, slamming into Roger’s patrol car.

Rogers was taken to Riverside Hospital in Williamsburg with minor injuries.

Gillis is charged with reckless driving.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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