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State trooper injured while helping disabled motorist in Newport News; man charged with reckless driving

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Posted at 9:36 AM, Jun 10, 2022

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Virginia State trooper vehicle was struck by another vehicle while assisting a driver with their disabled vehicle.

According to authorities, the state trooper was assisting a driver on southbound Interstate 664 at exit 6 in Newport News at approximately 8:10 a.m.

Officials say the driver of a Hyundai Sonata, who they have identified as 42-year-old Richard Hedgepath of Charlottesville, ran off the road in hit the trooper's vehicle, which was parked on the right shoulder with its emergency equipment activated. The trooper was helping a driver with a disabled vehicle at the time of the crash.

When Hedgepath hit the trooper's vehicle, state police say he drove into the disabled vehicle, a 2008 Nissan Altima.

The driver of the Altima sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Riverside Regional Hospital for treatment.

Officials said Sunday that the trooper suffered serious injuries.

Hedgepath was charged with reckless driving.

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