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Virginia State Police Mourn Loss Of Sergeant

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RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia State Police say they are still investigating the cause and circumstances surrounding a crash involving a revered Department supervisor.

According to reports, Saturday's death of Sgt. J. Michael Phillippi became the Department's 60th line of duty death. Police say at about 2:20 AM Saturday, Henry County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about a vehicle crash in the county on Chatham Road/Route 57, approximately 170 feet west of Route 9728/Pennrail Road.

Police say the crash investigation has confirmed that the blue, unmarked Chevrolet Impala was eastbound on Route 57 when it ran off the right side of the road and struck a highway sign. The car then reportedly crossed back over Route 57, ran off the left side and struck an embankment. Police say the car suffered minimal damage, which suggests that it was not traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of impact.

When rescue crews arrived, police say they found Sgt. Phillippi still seated inside the crashed patrol car wearing his seat belt. State police were reportedly immediately notified and responded to the scene. Phillippi was transported to Martinsville Memorial Hospital, where officials say he died a short time later. Police say his remains have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for autopsy and examination.

The Virginia State Police Salem Division Crash Reconstruction Team is reportedly investigating the crash.

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