Police car hits child leaving van

A 6-year-old girl was flown to the hospital Tuesday after being hit by a Front Royal Police Department vehicle on Jamestown Road.

Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, of the Virginia State Police, said that at around 12:20 p.m., a Front Royal Police officer in a 2014 Dodge Charger belonging to the department was traveling south on Jamestown Road just north of Portsmouth Road. He said a van was parked on the right side of the road at the time.

“As the officer came up to the van, the driver’s side rear door opened up and a 6-year-old female exited … right in front of the vehicle,” he said.

The child was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital after the incident, but Tyler could not provide updates on her condition due to HIPAA laws. He said he understands that relatives were at the scene of the crash when it occurred.

Tyler said that B.G. Davis, the state trooper investigating the incident, has finished his investigation and determined that speed was not a factor. He said there was one officer in the vehicle, and at this time there are no charges on the officer’s part. He said the department could’ve conducted its own investigation but asked the state police to handle it.

The posted speed limit on that section of Jamestown Road is 25 miles per hour.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com