PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. —More than $8300 has been raised for the family of Virginia State Trooper Nathan-Michael Smith.
The trooper was killed in a fatal car wreck last Monday, and a fund was started to help his family.
About 1,200 people from around the country came together for his funeral service over the weekend.
The 27-year-old trooper from Suffolk was a son, a husband, and a father of two children under six. He became the 61st sworn VSP employee to die in the line of duty. Smith had just celebrated his one year anniversary as a trooper, in June.
Smith was killed when his cruiser flipped into the woods and hit several trees Monday morning. Police said he was responding to what he believed to be a fellow trooper in distress when he lost control of his cruiser on the ramp from Interstate 295 south to Interstate 95 north in Prince George County.
It was later determined that the troopers understood the initial radio call as a citizen administering CPR to a trooper at the Route 460 crash scene. When, in fact, it was a trooper and citizen administering CPR to the driver of the pickup truck.
Contributions can be made to the Virginia State Police Association Emergency Relief Fund. Make checks payable to the VSPA-ERF and notate. “Smith” on the memo line of your check. Mail to VSPA. 6944 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA, 23225.
Also, if anyone would like to make an online contribution through Paypal. Visitwww.vspa.org and click on Emergency Relief Fund. It is important to put “Smith” in the note section of your Paypal contribution.
Trooper smith will also be honored at the annual I-Drive traffic safety conference for teen drivers, which starts Tuesday, at Richmond International Raceway.
For the past two years, Trooper Smith helped out with demos at the event and he had specifically requested this year’s assignment.
This year’s I-drive conference will be dedicated to Trooper Smith and organizers will make a donation to his family.