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Shocking crash in Virginia: fatality saves police officer run over by BMW M3

On May 1 at approximately 11:38 a.m., a Sully (Virginia - United States) Police District patrol officer was at a routine roadblock while checking a grey 2012 BMW 750 Series on the southbound Fairfax County Parkway before Braddock Road. 

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old man driving a black 2018 BMW M3 was travelling northbound on Fairfax County Parkway at high speed and lost control. 

The BMW spun, crossed the median, striking the vehicle stopped at the checkpoint and then the officer's vehicle. It is clear from the sequence of images how miraculously the Sully police officer was saved.

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We are in the county of Fairfax, in Virginia (United States).
Being a police officer is a dangerous job. And a sensational incident during a routine checkpoint last Monday, 1 May in Fairfax County, Virginia, showed how extremely dangerous it can be. The protagonist was an officer from the Sully Police District, but we reconstruct the terrible incident.
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The terrible sequence
On 1 May at around 11:38 a.m., a patrol officer from the Sully Police District (Virginia - United States) was at a routine roadblock while checking a grey 2012 BMW 750 Series on the southbound Fairfax County Parkway before Braddock Road.
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The unexpected
Meanwhile, a 17-year-old man driving a black 2018 BMW M3 was travelling northbound on Fairfax County Parkway at high speed and lost control.
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Carambola shock
The BMW spun around, crossed the median, hitting the vehicle stopped at the checkpoint and then the officer's vehicle. It is clear from the sequence of images how miraculously the Sully police officer was saved.
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No serious injuries
The officer was almost hit and killed. The driver (18 years old) of the BMW 750 series stopped at the checkpoint was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Not considered to be in danger, he was discharged from hospital. The officer sustained only minor injuries. The young driver of the BMW M3 and the two passengers on board with him sustained minor injuries. The young 17-year-old was charged with dangerous driving.
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Fate...
The Fairfax County Police Department is relieved that no tragedy was caused in this incident. This is an important reminder that life can change in an instant. Because of reckless driving.
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First statements
"The vehicle lost control because cars can't go that fast on the highway," said Fairfax County Deputy Police Chief Bob Blakley.
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Some considerations
Blakley also stated that the officer's decision to approach the car from the passenger side, and his decision to run and not stand still before the accident, potentially saved his life.
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Some data on the teen accidents
There were three teenagers inside the car that, according to the police, caused the accident. Blakley said that compared to last year there was a 62 per cent increase in the number of fines handed out to young drivers for speeding. More than a 98 per cent increase when it comes to teenagers violating traffic signs. Blakley also stated that the number of fines given to teenagers for not paying attention to speeding in cars increased by 181 per cent.
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