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Va. sheriff's deputy killed in crash of cruiser

Sunday - 4/1/2012, 10:18am  ET

CHARLES CITY, Va. (AP) - A Charles City County sheriff's deputy has been killed while responding to an early-morning traffic stop.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the Deputy Michael C. Walizer was killed Saturday en route to assist another deputy who had made a traffic stop. The deputy's cruiser ran off the side of Route 5 and struck a tree. He was wearing a seat belt.

Walizer was an 11-year law enforcement veteran who previously worked with the Newport News/Williamsburg and Richmond International Airport police departments and the Caroline County Sheriff's Office. He left a wife and four children.

The accident is being investigated by the state police and local authorities.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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