‘Could have been so much worse’: Driver charged after officer rear-ended on I-64

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One day after an officer was rear-ended on Interstate 64, Henrico Police issued a warning to drivers to pay attention to emergency vehicles while on the road and remember Virginia’s ‘Move Over’ law.

The reminder to drivers was shared in a video post on Henrico Police’s Facebook page. 

“This could have been so much worse. Please slow down, please don’t drive distracted and please #MoveOver” — Henrico Police

According to Henrico Police, the officer had left court on Wednesday, traveling on I-64 East near the Shockoe Valley Bridge, before being struck. Responding to an incident on the interstate, the officer pulled over with his vehicle’s emergency lights activated. That’s when the officer’s vehicle was struck from behind by a GMC Astro van.

Police said the officer, who was inside his patrol car when it was struck, was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the van, 29-year-old John Omalley, of Grimstead, was also hospitalized with minor injuries and charged with reckless driving.

The crash remains under investigation, according to Virginia State Police. 

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