Virginia police chief fatally struck by truck in roadside collision

VA officer was hit after he pulled over to remove animal remains from the road

A Virginia police chief died after a pickup truck struck him on the side of a highway, according to police.

Brodnax Police Chief Joe Carey, 66, was hit by the vehicle on Friday after he pulled over to recover the remains of a dead animal on the road, a Virginia State Police news release said.

Carey died at a hospital. The man driving the pickup truck wasn't injured.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, police said.

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The lights on Carey's police vehicle were on while parked on the side of the highway, according to police.

A virginal police officer was hit by a truck after pulling over to remove animal remains from the road. The driver of the car was not injured and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, police said. 

A virginal police officer was hit by a truck after pulling over to remove animal remains from the road. The driver of the car was not injured and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, police said. 

Brodnax Mayor Don Dugger said Carey was "a genuine friend to so many of us."

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"He truly loved his job and worked hard to make a difference while protecting and serving our town," the mayor said in a statement.

Brodnax is in Brunswick and Mecklenburg counties, in southern Virginia.