Driver charged after hitting Richmond Police SUV blocking disabled vehicle

Posted at 11:23 PM, Jan 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 22:27:24-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- A driver has been charged after hitting a police vehicle on the Powhite Parkway Thursday evening.

It happened at about 7:45 p.m. and the police SUV suffered heavy front end damage.

The vehicle crashed into the RPD cruiser as it sat in the southbound lane with its lights on blocking a disabled vehicle.

The officer was not hurt, officials said.

Acting Lt. J Morgan Brown said the driver that hit the cruiser is being charged with reckless driving.

This was the most recent example of an emergency vehicle being struck by a driver failing to obey Virginia's "Move Over" law. The law states when drivers approach construction crews or first responders on the road with their emergency lights activated, they must either move to the next lane over or if that's not safe or possible, to slow down and pass the scene carefully.

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