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Family, friends of Trooper Fox pushing for 'Andrew's Law'

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TAZEWELL (WVVA) - Loved ones of a Virginia State Trooper fatally struck by a vehicle while directing traffic last year are seeking stiffer penalties for drivers who commit similar crimes in the future.

Nearly one year ago, Trooper Andrew Fox, a Tazewell native, was struck and killed by a reckless driver outside the Virginia State Fair. The driver convicted in the incident received a one-year suspended sentence and a $1,000 fine -- a penalty that Andrew's father David was "a smack on the hand."

Now, David Fox -- also a state trooper -- and Deborah Ratliff -- the mother of Andrew's close friend, are pressing for a new law with tougher penalties.

An online petition has been created in support of 'Andrew's Law,' which would make such crimes a felony offense and provide some restitution to the family of the victims.

Ratliff's son is also a state trooper, and she says that while a new law can't help Andrew, it could help to protect her son and other first responders in the Commonwealth.

"We know it's not going to help Andrew," Ratliff said. "But it will help protect other law enforcement officers in the future."

Trooper David Fox will be headed to the State Fair Thursday for a special ceremony honoring his son's life.

Click here to view the petition

 

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