Goochland recruit dodges serious injury
A Goochland County sheriff’s deputy recruit narrowly escaped serious injury Thursday morning when a pine tree toppled by high winds fell onto the patrol car in which he was riding, crushing the car’s roof.
Recruit Will Beatley, 26, was riding with a veteran deputy on Shannon Hill Road when the tree fell, causing branches to puncture the windshield, “narrowly missing Beatley,” said Goochland Sheriff James Agnew. Another limb penetrated the dashboard on the passenger side, Agnew said.
Beatley suffered a “bump on the head” but escaped serious injury. He was taken to West Creek Emergency Hospital, where he was treated and released.
“The roof of the car was crushed due to the weight of the tree and impacted Beatley’s head, causing his injury,” the sheriff said.
The deputy driving the car was not hurt. “Both are very fortunate,” Agnew said.
The incident, which the sheriff described as a “fluke accident,” occurred about a half-mile north of Community House Road in western Goochland, after high winds moved through the area about 11:25 a.m.
Beatley, a new recruit, is scheduled to begin his basic training Tuesday.
“Our new recruits ride along with experienced deputies so that they become familiar with county roads and procedures before they go to the academy,” the sheriff said.