Newport News Police on Tuesday escorted fallen Officer Katie Thyne to Norfolk International Airport for her final trip to her hometown in Pelham, New Hampshire.
“Thank you to Norfolk Police Department, Virginia State Police, Hampton Police, Norfolk Airport Police and all the other agencies who assisted us,” Newport News Police posted on Facebook. “Upon her return to Massachusetts, Pelham Police Department (NH) escorted her home.”
Thyne, 24, died last Thursday night after a car dragged her about a block before it crashed into a tree and pinned her. The car had been pulled over in a traffic stop.
Police said the driver, Vernon Green II, took off while Thyne was caught in the driver’s side door. Thyne died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital from her injuries.
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Green, of Newport News, is charged with murder:homicide, possession of marijuana and disregard/elude law enforcement. A passenger in Green’s vehicle, Ivy Toinette Runnels, 38, of Hampton, is charged with possession of marijuana.
There will be a celebration of life open to the public for Thyne on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church at 1021 Big Bethel Road in Hampton.