'Andrew's Law' wins Senate approval

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

RICHMOND — “Andrew’s Law,” named after a fallen Virginia State Police trooper, has received unanimous approval in two Senate committees and was headed to a third.

Trooper Andrew David Fox died Oct. 5, 2012, of injuries sustained when he was struck by Angelica Valencia’s car while directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair near Richmond.
Fox, 27, was laid to rest in Summerfield United Methodist Church cemetery in Elk Creek because his wife, Virginia Martin Fox, is from Grayson County.
Valencia pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge in Hanover General District Court in February 2013, according to court documents.
The court found Valencia guilty, gave her a sentence of 12 months and then suspended all of that time and fined her $1,000, according to court documents.
Since then, a grassroots push to strengthen penalties in cases of injury or death involving “Samaritan” workers, including police, has led to legislation being introduced to the General Assembly.
Considered by the Senate Committee on Transportation on Jan. 15, the 14 committee members approved with minor wording changes.
The Courts of Justice also signed off on the legislation 15-0. The bill was last referred to the finance committee for its consideration.