Crash near Q-Daddy’s involved Smithfield police officer

Published 4:28 pm Monday, February 13, 2023

A Smithfield police officer was involved in a two-vehicle crash near Q-Daddy’s barbecue the evening of Feb. 9.

According to Sgt. Michelle Anaya, spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police, the Smithfield officer was en route to a call with his patrol car’s lights flashing and was attempting to steer around a Toyota pickup truck when the truck’s driver made a left turn and was struck on the driver’s side by the patrol car.

The officer’s car ran off the road on impact and the officer sustained minor injuries. 

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According to Deputy Smithfield Police Chief Chris Meier, the officer was transported to Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk

The Toyota driver did not complain of injuries at the time of the crash, Meier said.

The officer had mistakenly reported to dispatchers that the other vehicle was a fire truck. But according to Meier, it was just a red pickup truck with firefighter license plates.

State Police were called to the scene around 7:47 p.m. No charges were filed against either driver, Anaya said.